ERIC Number: ED294970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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Race and Rape: The Black Woman as Legitimate Victim.
Williams, Linda Meyer
Scientific investigations of the relationship between race and rape have been flawed by the acceptance of official statistics and have been influenced by prevailing myths about rape and race. This paper proposes a theoretical framework for understanding rape and race. The thesis is presented that only the black victim of sexual assault is viewed by society as a legitimate victim. The society is able to neutralize such assaults against black victims by denying the responsibility of the perpetrator, denying that the black woman was injured by the assault, and denying that such assaults constitute victimization of black women. Historically, this has been supported by the legal system which treats white and black rape victims differently. Public reports, serious treatment in court, criminal charges, and court sentences are less common when black women are raped. Further research is recommended to explore the impact of slavery on the victimization of black females and the influence of the patriarchal system in legitimizing the victimization of all women. New models must be developed for understanding all categories of race and rape. Statistical information and references are provided. (Author/VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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