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This four part article argues that the source of this movement in the United States and around the globe is a revival of Victorian notions that someone is better off dead than raped. Section I examines the history of the death penalty’s application in rape cases with emphasis on Western legal systems. Section II discusses the rhetoric underlying the legislative and judicial moves toward reviving the death penalty for rape. Section III analyzes the policy and legal effects caused by the new statutes and the language supporting them. Section IV offers some conclusions and a few observations about the direction rape law is taking under these new statutory regimes.

This document is the 2004 revision to the comprehensive 2003 report by National Crime Victims Research Center funded by US Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime. The report provides practitioners with tools for assessing effectiveness of intervention protocols, as well as information and direction for proper treatment of physical and sexual abuse for victims, as well as their families.

1999 guidelines developed by work group (law enforcement, Child Protective Services, mental health experts, etc.) for Washington State Institute for Public Policy in response to State legislation SB 5127 regarding protocol for investigations of alleged child abuse.

In this 2000 quarterly PTSD newsletter from the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dr. Victoria Banyard of the University of New Hampshire’s Psychology Department provide overview of complexities in the field of traumatic memories. Includes comprehensive list of abstracts available for specifics issues: how error-prone memory can affect therapy, physiology of memories, false memory syndrome, dissociation, etc.