“Silly girls” and “nice young lads”: vilification and vindication in the perceptions of medico-legal practitioners in rape cases

Lesley McMillan, Deborah White

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Abstract

In this article, we explore perceptions and presumptions in relation to rape, raped women, and rapists, among medico-legal professionals who perform forensic medical examinations in rape cases. We draw upon data from in-depth interviews conducted with forensic medical examiners and forensic nurse practitioners in one area of England. Findings reveal that many of these personnel hold particular views centered broadly on the vilification of victims and the vindication of perpetrators. We conclude that these perceptions and presumptions may hold concerning implications for both victim experiences and evidentiary and judicial outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFeminist Criminology
Volume10
Issue number3
Early online date31 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

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  • rape
  • criminal justice
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