‘Have you really been raped?’ Criminal Justice System Responses

  • Jan Jordan


The responses of criminal justice system agencies to women rape complainants have reflected patriarchal legacies of thinking and representation. Legal discourse has reinforced views of women as inherently deceitful, their word as typically flawed. For a raped woman to have her allegation believed inevitably meant having her very person put on trial along with the offence. This chapter begins by reviewing legal and court initiatives before focussing on police responses to women rape victims. Relevant international literature is presented along with the results of a New Zealand study which sought to evaluate the impacts of recent reforms on women’s experiences of reporting and trial processes.


Sexual Assault Police Officer Criminal Justice System Rape Myth Rape Victim 
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© Jan Jordan 2004

Authors and Affiliations

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

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