Date of Award
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).
Bissell, David John, "A Study of the Effects of Special Rape Interview and Sensitivity Techniques Training on Police Officer's Self-Reported Attitude and Self-Reported Behavior" (1975). Student Work. 2137.
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