Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice


Rape is one of the most serious, frightening and violent of all crimes against women. Rapes occur at any hour of any day in any season. Victims find the experience painful, debasing, and emotionally disturbing. In statistical evidence published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was shown that in 1974, over 55,000 forcible rapes were reported in the United States (Uniform Crime Report, 1974). According to the FBI and many criminologists, the figures relating to reported rapes are only a fraction of the actual number of rapes. Some estimates for actual rapes run 200% to 300% higher than the reported figures (President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1967).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright David John Bissell October, 1975.

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