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The Word of a Woman? : Police, Rape and Belief - J. Jordan

The Word of a Woman?

Police, Rape and Belief

By: J. Jordan

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781403921697
Number Of Pages: 276

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The notion that women lie about rape is a prevalent belief with pervasive influence. This book is unique in combining police file data with interviews obtained from both rape survivors and detectives in order to critically explore how this belief affects police officers' responses to women who report rape. Examination of this material is located within a broader analysis of the historical and socio-cultural environment, and illustrates how rape investigations continue to be conducted within the context of pervasive beliefs and stereotypes regarding both the nature of rape and the nature of women.

List of Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: The Credibility Conundrump. 1
'She stings while she delights': Rape Definitions and Representationsp. 14
'Have you really been raped?' Criminal Justice System Responsesp. 49
Beyond Belief: Police Files on Rapep. 89
Having 'a nose for it': How Investigators Investigatep. 137
Perfect Victims/Perfect Policing? In the Words of the Womenp. 177
'Getting it right': Reviewing Police Responses to Rapep. 215
Conclusion: True 'lies' and 'false' Truthsp. 242
End Poemp. 249
Notesp. 250
Referencesp. 255
Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9781403921697
ISBN-10: 1403921695
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1