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ERIC Number: EJ968229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners' Perceptions of the Revictimization of Rape Victims
Maier, Shana L.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n2 p287-315 Jan 2012
While Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs have improved the treatment of rape victims by offering more compassionate and thorough treatment, SANEs believe victims continue to face revictimization by the medical, criminal justice and legal systems. The purpose of this research is to explore SANEs' perceptions of the revictimization of rape victims by the police, legal system and medical system. Data from interviews with 39 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners from four East Coast states reveal that most SANEs believe that the medical, criminal justice, and legal systems wield the power to revictimize rape victims. SANEs were more likely to cite the criminal justice system as a source of revictimization, followed by the medical system and legal system. According to SANEs, police contribute to victims' distress through failure to ask questions in a sensitive manner, failure to proceed with investigations, and by asking victim-blaming questions. Revictimization by the legal system results when charges are never filed, cases are postponed or dropped, plea bargains are unsatisfactory, and victims' character and credibility are questioned. Revictimization by the medical system is marked by long waits for medical attention. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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