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Rape as a Social Problem: A Byproduct of the Feminist Movement

Vicki McNickle Rose
Social Problems
Vol. 25, No. 1 (Oct., 1977), pp. 75-89
DOI: 10.2307/800469
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/800469
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

I analyze the anti-rape movement from a theoretical perspective, emphasizing interest-group formation and action and the generation of social problems by social movements. Although a variety of interst groups have expressed increasing concern over forcible rape, thus contributing to its definition as a social problem, the feminist perspective represents the most active and vocal of anti-rape interests. The activities and analyses of anti-rape forces in three areas are examined: at the community level, in the legislative arena, and in the judicial sphere. Although there has been resistance to the feminist challenge of traditional definitions of rape within each arena, much has been accomplished. The process of defining rape as a serious social problem continues.

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