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.
Amici brief filed in US Supreme Court by victim advocacy groups, ((in case Patrick Kennedy Vs. State of Louisiana) arguing that capital punishment for child rape would do more harm than good.
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.
Two parts Part 1 the literature review includes estimates of child sexual abuse, theories and etiology of child sexual abuse, typologies of child sexual abusers (including clergy), Evaluation of sex offenders, and models of treatment. Part II is an annotated bibliography
Department of Justice report examining the sexual abuse of children for economic gain.
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.
Concise document from 2003 CAPSAC task force covering monitored visits, decision to order therapeutic contacts, information required from mental health professionals/family court/CPS. Includes charts for decision-making process in ordering visitation in cases of child sexual abuse.
October 2002 Bulletin from the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART) of the US Department of Justice profiles the demographics and circumstances of their disappearance. Study spans data from 1997-1999.
A January 2000 statistical report from the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Juvenile victims comprise 67% of sexual assaults handled by law enforcement, 1/3 of these victims are under age 12. Adults are the offenders in 60% of these incidents. Statistics profile gender, age, location, weapon, and time of day.
Overview of developmentally appropriate interview strategies to avoid false allegations during investigations with children, and ten tips for interviewing children. This research paper from University of Southern California Law School is part of a 2001 Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children.
The official guide from the California office of Child Abuse Prevention
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.