Classification Of Rape : Article Review

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Classification of Rape: Article Review
Natalie Romero
SYG 2000
“Preferred Labels and Penalties for Forced Sexual Intercourse”
Robert T. Sigler
International Journal of the Sociology of Law (1995)

The definition of rape is still debated in today’s society. Considering this, it’s not hard to believe there was confusion around the 1990s, when rape had just begun gaining importance. The new emphasis on rape and sexual assault can be tied to the emerging feminist movement. Date rape was a term coined in the 1980s vaguely used to describe rape between acquaintances or rape occurring between two individuals who have been on a date. The term “acquaintances” was interpreted differently across the nation, therefore making it difficult to
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The organization, founded in the 1960s, sought to increase the education and awareness of rape to promote the criminalization of it. Despite the confusion, focus on date rape and its legitimization was a significant advancement in rape prosecution. Initially, forced sexual intercourse in the case of two people who knew each other (whether acquaintances, in a relationship, or married) was not considered a serious rape offense. These cases rarely made it far in court. However, with a changing society and an increase in rape awareness, the idea of date rape became a serious issue. Rape between two individuals who knew each other was the most common form. In San Francisco, 88% of 930 surveyed residents knew their rapist. (173) However, forced sexual intercourse in a relationship pair was often not viewed as legitimate rape. Overall, forced sexual intercourse between two people who knew each other (acquaintances, in a relationship, previously in a relationship, or married) was not considered as serious an offense as rape by an unknown offender. Of men and women, women were more likely to consider date rape more serious than men. (174) Furthermore, women criminalized rape overall more than men. Victim blaming was more common in cases where the victim knew the offender. Even in this, men were more likely to place blame on the victims, who were usually women. (174)
Sigler used a questionnaire containing different scenarios of forced sexual intercourse.

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