The Experience of the Rape Victim in the Courtroom

  • Alice E. Richmond


Every weekday, in criminal courts throughout the United States, literally thousands of people are involved in the trial of criminal cases. Yet, most victims of sexual assault have had no previous contact with the criminal justice system. Suddenly they find themselves participants in a process in which they understand neither the rules nor the roles of the other participants. The entire environment is intimidating, and the fact that in most jurisdictions the vast majority of participants are male may add to the victim’s apprehension and discomfort.


Sexual Assault Police Officer Rape Victim Defense Lawyer Trial Judge 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice E. Richmond
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Suffolk DistrictUK
  2. 2.New England School of LawBostonUSA

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