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Rape Trials in England and Wales

Observing Justice and Rethinking Rape Myths

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Draws upon 13 months of court observations to examine rape trials in England and Wales

  • Explores the ways in which the underlying contexts of the criminal justice system contribute to ongoing problems experienced by rape survivors

  • Reveals new theories as to why rape myths remain so pervasive even within the courts

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

About this book

In light of ongoing concerns about the treatment of survivors, Rape Trials in England and Wales critically examines court responses to rape and sexual assault. Using new data from an in-depth observational study of rape trials, this book asks why attempts to improve survivor experiences at court have not been fully effective. In doing so, Smith identifies deep-rooted barriers to survivor justice and, crucially, introduces potential avenues for more effective reform. 

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the practicalities of court, use of rape myths and sexual history evidence, underlying principles of adversarial justice and the impact of inequalities embedded within English and Welsh legal culture. This engaging and highly significant study is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the criminal courts and their responses to rape, including practitioners and students of criminology, sociology, and law.  

Keywords

  • Rape
  • Sociological Approaches to Rape
  • Legal Approaches to Rape
  • Rape Survivors
  • Trials
  • Rape Myths
  • England
  • Wales
  • Survivor Experience
  • court observation data
  • video technology
  • intimidation
  • public gallery
  • sexual violence
  • gendered stereotypes
  • ‘rational’ behaviour
  • Sexual History Evidence
  • consent
  • policy reform
  • societal inequalities
  • juries and criminal trials

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Olivia Smith

About the author

Olivia Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Olivia has co-convened the British Sociological Association’s Violence Against Women Study Group and is working with women involved in prostitution at the Rahab Project.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rape Trials in England and Wales

  • Book Subtitle: Observing Justice and Rethinking Rape Myths

  • Authors: Olivia Smith

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75674-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-75673-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-09295-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-75674-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 292

  • Topics: Victimology, Socio-Legal Studies, Critical Criminology, Criminal Behavior

Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-75674-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)