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The Word of a Woman?

Police, Rape and Belief

  • Jan Jordan
Book

About this book

Introduction

The notion that women lie about rape is a prevalent belief with pervasive influence. This book is unique in combining police file data with interviews obtained from both rape survivors and detectives in order to critically explore how this belief affects police officers' responses to women who report rape. Examination of this material is located within a broader analysis of the historical and socio-cultural environment, and illustrates how rape investigations continue to be conducted within the context of pervasive beliefs and stereotypes regarding both the nature of rape and the nature of women.

Keywords

criminal justice police women

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Jordan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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