Police interviews of rape victims: tensions and contradictions

Lesley McMillan, Michelle Thomas

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This book aims to take stock of current thinking and research about rape and the way it is handled in practice within the criminal justice system, and to challenge some of the widely held but inaccurate beliefs about rape. It brings together leading researchers in the field from psychology, sociology and law, considering new research and presenting new data from a strong theoretical and contextual base. The main focus of the book is on adult victims of rape, with chapters exploring such issues as rape and the media, the use of alcohol and drugs in rape, police decision making on rape cases, conviction patterns in rape trials, and interviewing victims of rape and sexual assault.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking
EditorsM. Horvath, J. Brown
Place of PublicationCullompton
PublisherWillan Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781843925200
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • police interviews
  • rape victims
  • sociology


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