Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Following on from International approaches to prostitution (The Policy Press, 2006), this book provides an overview of rape law and policy in 10 countries, including England, Australia, Canada, India and China.
By introducing readers to national perspectives of issues relating to rape, the book presents a comparative approach that highlights the similarities and differences between countries, contexts, laws, key issues, policies and interventions. It is recommended for academics, students, practitioners and policy makers.
“Westmarland and Gangoli’s book is a call to action, an important reminder that practitioners and academics must devote more time and consideration to the undertheorized issues of national and global approaches to sexual violence.” Kerry Frances Crawford, Journal of Women
"This important book provides a distinctive comparative overview of progress and the continuing challenges in rape investigation and prosecution, using critical assessments of the current position in individual countries." Professor Jennifer Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science
"The global scope of this book is of enormous importance to the literature on rape law and policy. Taking a clear and jargon-free approach, this is a must-have addition for those interested in where we are now and for future reforms." Dr Helen Jones, Manchester Metropolitan University
Nicole Westmarland is a lecturer in criminal justice at Durham University where she researches violence against women. She is a feminist academic activist, and is involved in the Rape Crisis movement.
Geetanjali Gangoli works at the Centre for the Study of Gender and Violence, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She has published in many areas of violence against women, including prostitution, trafficking, forced marriage and domestic violence.
Introduction ~ Nicole Westmarland and Geetanjali Gangoli; Sexual assault law in Australia: contextual challenges and changes ~ Patricia Easteal; Ending rape: the responsibility of the Canadian state ~ Lee Lakeman; Introduction to the issue of rape in China as a developing country ~ Qihua Ye; Still little justice for rape victim survivors: the void between policy and practice in England and Wales ~ Nicole Westmarland; Controlling women's sexuality: rape law in India ~ Geetanjali Gangoli; Breaking the silence: rape law in Iran and controlling women's sexuality ~ Nadia Aghtaie; Meeting the challenge? Responding to rape in Scotland ~ Sandy Brindley and Michele Burman; Paradox and policy: addressing rape in post-apartheid South Africa ~ Lisa Vetten; 'Impressive progress alongside persistent problems': rape law, policy and practice in the United States ~ Lynn Hecht Schafran and Jillian Weinberger.