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(p. 13) The Modern Politics of Sexual Assault Prosecution 

(p. 13) The Modern Politics of Sexual Assault Prosecution
(p. 13) The Modern Politics of Sexual Assault Prosecution

Matthew Barry Johnson

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date: 03 December 2020

This chapter presents and discusses the “rape law reform” movement that emerged in the 1970s. The movement sought reforms designed to encourage victims to make official reports and facilitate the successful prosecution of rape and sexual assault. The movement achieved legislative and practice reform, but there was no discernible increase in sexual assault convictions. The rape law reform movement solidified an alliance of concern that strengthened vigorous prosecution of “stranger rapes” but had little impact on the more common type of rape, “acquaintance rape.” Rape law reform advocacy produced dramatic and rapid legislative change, change that was clearly warranted not only for victims of sexual assault, but also reform that contributed to the integrity of the US legal process.

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