Gender Issues

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 1–24

Misogyny: It’s Still the Law—An Empirical Assessment of the Missouri Juvenile Court System’s Processing of Rape and Robbery Offenders

  • M. Dyan McGuire
  • Steve Donner
  • Elizabeth Callahan
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12147-012-9109-8

Cite this article as:
McGuire, M.D., Donner, S. & Callahan, E. Gend. Issues (2012) 29: 1. doi:10.1007/s12147-012-9109-8


Patriarchal societies have long used their legal systems as a vehicle of oppression. This article examines the extent to which bias against women can still be discerned in the content of the criminal law by comparing and contrasting Missouri’s forcible rape and robbery in the first degree statutes. The study then analyzes the application of these statutes by examining all of the forcible rape and robbery in the first degree cases processed by Missouri’s juvenile court system between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2004 (N = 617). The results of these analyses suggest that Missouri’s robbery statute is more protective of victims than is its rape statute. They also indicate that at least among juveniles, robbery offenders are sanctioned more severely than rape offenders in terms of detention, informal adjustment and adjudication.


GenderRapeRobberyCourtsCriminal law

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Dyan McGuire
    • 1
  • Steve Donner
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Callahan
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeSaint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Saint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Missouri Attorney General’s OfficeJefferson CityUSA