Sexual Assault & Rape Resource Guide

Sexual Assault and Rape Resource Guide (PDF)

This resource guide describes materials available on the topics of rape and sexual assault, including date rape, acquaintance rape, and marital rape. Materials selected cover a wide range, from prevention and self-defense to recovery issues for survivors of rape and sexual assault. It does NOT specifically cover childhood abuse, incest, or male rape. The sources selected are intended for use by any adults interested in the topics covered. Scholarly sources more suitable for research purposes have been described as such. Materials can be found in the House Undergraduate Library or Davis Library.

Each resource has the library it’s located in listed within the description.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

  • Rape in Marriage
  • Acquaintance Rape
  • Sex Crimes
  • Women – Crimes Against

General Sources

Athletes and Acquaintance Rape. By Jeffrey R. Benedict. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1998.
Davis Library HV6561 .B44 1998
Same author as “Public Heroes, Private Felons” below. In a shorter format, again describes the evolution of athletes and the culture that surrounds them. Each chapter is based around a legal case (Massachusetts v. Marcus Webb, Victoria C. v. The Cincinnati Bengals, and Indiana v. Michael G. Tyson), and describes the incident and the outcome. Includes references and index.

Inside the Mind of A Serial Rapist. By Dennis J. Stevens. San Francisco: Austin & Winfield, 1999.
Davis Library HV6561 .S83 1999
The author trained inmates in a prison to interview other inmates and collect data. Based on the interviews with men who had raped, the author discusses the motives and causes of rape, victim selection, and violence during rape. Includes graphic language in excerpts from the interviews. Has a short references section and index.

Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women. By Jeff Benedict. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.
Davis Library HV6250.4 .W65 B46 1997
Uses cases involving college and professional athletes to examine the responses of the legal system and schools/sports teams to accusations of misconduct. The author also discusses how athletes’ development contributes to an attitude disrespectful of women. Sources
include interviews, newspaper articles, and legal cases. Includes index.

Rape and Society: Readings on the Problem of Sexual Assault. Edited by Patricia Searles and Ronald J. Berger. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.
Davis Library HV6558 .R335 1995
A mix of articles, personal essays, and poetry. Among the topics covered are types of rape (including marital rape and rape in the college student population), rapists, rape and the law, and surviving rape. Includes references and original sources for the material selected.

Rape in America: A Reference Handbook. By Rob Hall. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1995.
Davis Library. HV6561 .H337 1995
Offers a brief overview of the functions of various systems for victims and perpetrators (police, medical, and judicial services), and describes types of rapists. Includes a chronology and biographical sketches of those involved in the field of rape and sexual assault. Annotated lists are given of organizations and sexual assault coalitions, as well as print and audiovisual resources for further reference. Includes index and references.

Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women’s Self-Defense. By Martha McCaughey. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Davis Library. GV1111.5 .M38 1997
A feminist analysis of women and self-defense. The author participated in martial arts, firearm, and padded attacker courses, and interviewed the instructors and other students. The
discussion is of how women’s views of themselves physically and mentally change through knowledge of self defense, and the implications for feminism. Includes references and an index.

The Second Rape: Society’s Continued Betrayal of the Victim. By Lee Madigan and Nancy C. Gamble. New York: Lexington Books, 1991.
Davis Library HV6561 .M33 1991
A mix of personal narratives of experiences with different types of rape, and commentary. The ‘second rapists’ section examines society’s response through police and medical personnel and the criminal justice system. The authors’ overall emphasis is on empowerment, so survivors will feel like they can make it through the resulting process, as well as the crime itself.

Surviving the Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape. By Charlotte Pierce-Baker. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1998.
Davis Library and House Undergraduate Library HV6561 .P54 1998
Personal stories of rape and abuse, including the author’s own. Each story includes a description of the author’s interaction with the person telling his or her story (men also share
their stories about their lives after someone they care about was raped). Includes a short list of recommended reading.

Transforming a Rape Culture. Edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher and Martha Roth. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1993.
Davis Library HV6556 .T73 1993
Over 400 pages of personal essays and articles covering a wide range of topics as they relate to our culture and violence against women. Contributors wrote on politics, religion, pornography, sexuality, gender, and feminism. Includes index.

Who’s Afraid of the Dark? : A Forum of Truth, Support, and Assurance for Those Affected by Rape. Edited by Cynthia Carosella. New York: HarperPerennial, 1995.
Davis Library. HV6561 .W49 1995
Thirty-one personal stories of rape and survival. All of the writers were asked only this one question: “How are you and your life different now than before you were raped?” (xxv). The book is intended for both survivors and their friends and family as they work through the process of recovery.

A Woman Scorned: Acquaintance Rape on Trial. By Peggy Reeves Sanday. New York: Doubleday, 1996.
Davis Library HV6561 .S253 1996
The author discusses four rape cases that went to trial, occurring from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She then addresses the history of sexual politics, sexual stereotypes, and rape
in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is through the historical discussion that the reader can see the evolution of the public’s perception of acquaintance rape, and how the current anti-rape and education and awareness movements have developed. Includes notes, bibliography, and

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Scholarly Sources

Acquaintance and Date Rape: An Annotated Bibliography. Compiled by Sally K. Ward, et al. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
Davis Library. Z5703.4 .R35 A28 1994
Excellent source for further material for reading and research. Divided into subject chapters, including types of rape, victims and perpetrators, attitudes towards rape, theories and causes,
and legal issues. Can also be accessed alphabetically and through the index.

Acquaintance Rape: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention. Edited by Thomas L. Jackson. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resources Press, 1996.
Davis Library HV6561 .A268 1996
Articles on the definition of acquaintance rape, treatment for both victims and perpetrators, and rape prevention and communication training. Includes an article on rape trauma syndrome, a form of posttraumatic stress disorder. References are given after each article and there is an index.

Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime. Edited by Andrea Parrot and Laurie Bechhofer. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1991.
Davis Library HV6558 .A27 1991
Articles that examine definitions of acquaintance rape, types of victims and assailants, the effects of rape, and suggestions for prevention. References are given after each article (the book was published in 1991, so some of the references are becoming outdated). Includes index.

Attitudes Toward Rape: Feminist and Social Psychological Perspectives. By Colleen A. Ward. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.
Davis Library HV6558 .W373 1995
The author analyzes research on rape, including survey research, experimental research, and field research. She also examines attitudes towards rape and the psychological effects of rape on victims. Through a feminist approach she recommends further research and action. Includes extensive references and an index.

The Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in the United States. By Diana E. H. Russell and Rebecca M. Bolen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.
Davis Library HV6561 .R86 2000
The authors here focus on the incidence and prevalence of rape. There is an analysis of Russell’s original study in the 1970′s, as well as examination of more recent government data.
Methodologies as well as results are discussed. Includes tables and graphs of data, an index and references.

Forced Sexual Intercourse in Intimate Relationships. By Ida M. Johnson and Robert T. Sigler. Aldershot, England: Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1997.
Davis Library HV6558 .J64 1997
Covers a lot of ground in a relatively short volume. Outlines a history of rape in a social and cultural context. Examines the prevalence of rape, characteristics of rapists and rape victims,
and public perceptions of rape. Also has an overview of several theories that attempt to explain the causes of rape. Includes references and an index.

The Psychology of Sexual Victimization: A Handbook. Edited by Michele Antoinette Paludi. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
Davis Library HV6556 .P78 1999
Includes articles on abuse in relationships, rape, and sexual harassment. Appendices include contact information for advocacy groups and organizations that address battering, rape, women’s health, and other issues. References are given after each article. Includes index.

Rape: The Misunderstood Crime. By Julie A. Allison and Lawrence S. Wrightsman. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1993.
Davis Library. HV6561 .A48 1993
Wide coverage of types of rape and issues surrounding rape. Chapters discuss rapists, stranger rape, date rape and acquaintance rape, and marital rape. Attitudes and psychological
reactions to rape and rape victims are treated, as well as a section on rape, the law, and rape trials. Includes extensive references and an index.

Rape on the Public Agenda: Feminism and the Politics of Sexual Assault. By Maria Bevacqua. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000.
Davis Library HV6561 .B49 2000
An analysis of rape and public policy from a feminist perspective. Outlines the history of rape and feminism and rape and politics, then discusses the developments of the last twenty years.
Gives partial text of relevant laws in the appendices. Includes notes, extensive references, and an index.

The Rape Victim: Clinical and Community Interventions. By Mary P. Koss and Mary R. Harvey. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1991.
Davis Library HV6561 .K67 1991
Defines rape and its effects, but also focuses on community responsibility for education, awareness, and prevention. Also discusses treatment for rape victims (group and individually) and rape crisis centers. Was published in 1991, so be aware that sources listed are probably not the most current on a topic. Includes references and an index.

Sexual Coercion in Dating Relationships. Edited by E. Sandra Byers and Lucia F. O’Sullivan. New York: Haworth Press, 1996.
Davis Library HV6558 .S493 1996
A collection of articles analyzing sexual coercion in relation to gender roles and attitudes. Includes articles on responses to coercion and the effects of coercion on victims. Each article has references and there is an index. The cover art choice leaves much to be desired and does not fit the research-oriented tone of the book.

Sexual Coercion: A Sourcebook on Its Nature, Causes, and Prevention. Edited by Elizabeth Grauerholz and Mary A. Koralewski. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1991.
Davis Library HV6561 .S48 1991
A collection of articles on sexual violence, rape, and harassment, divided into the three sections outlined in the title. Covers psychological and feminist theory, as well as an emphasis on education and awareness. Was published in 1991, so be aware that sources listed are probably not the most current on a topic. Includes notes, references, and an index.

Sexual Violence on Campus: Policies, Programs, and Perspectives. Edited by Allen J. Ottens and Kathy Hotelling. New York: Springer Publishing Co., 2001.
Davis Library LC212.862 .S52 2001
A wide range of issues related to campus violence are discussed, such as alcohol and drug use on campus, education and awareness for students (including feminist approaches and programs for student athletes and the Greek community), and counseling services for survivors (heterosexual and gay/lesbian/bisexual students). Includes references and index.

Understanding Sexual Violence: A Study of Convicted Rapists. By Diana Scully. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990.
Davis Library HV6561 .S42 1990
Not just a study of rapists, but an analysis of rape itself, its recent history and definition. Data was collected through interviews with rapists, and the causes of sexual violence were analyzed in a social and cultural context. Includes references and an index.

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Handbooks and Manuals

Defending Ourselves: A Guide to Prevention, Self-Defense, and Recovery From Rape. By Rosalind Wiseman. New York: Noonday Press, 1994.
Davis Library HV6558 .W57 1994
Covers a wide range of rape issues. The first chapter in the book is a collection of personal narratives. Then the author, who has a black belt in karate, outlines verbal and physical
self-defense skills, including drawings as illustration. There is a discussion of attitudes and perceptions towards date rape, how to interact with police, hospitals, and the court system after a rape, and physically and emotionally recovering from a rape. Appendices include a
state-by-state list of sexual assault crisis centers.

The Feminine Warrior: A Woman’s Guide to Verbal, Psychological, and Physical Empowerment. By Al Marrewa. New York: Kensington Books, 1998.
House Undergraduate Library. HV6250.4 .W65 M33 1998
The author describes preventative measures and physical methods for handling dangerous situations. The situations described range from verbal and physical harassment to physical attacks and rape. Any physical defenses are described in detail with diagrams. The author
also gives techniques for being assertive, verbally and with body language.

Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault for Women, Men, Teenagers, and Their Families. By Helen Benedict. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.
House Undergraduate Library HV6250.3 .U5 B46 1994
The process of recovery, both physically and psychologically, is outlined for each group. Chapters address not only adult women victims (including marital rape), but teenagers, lesbians and gays, and older adults. As well as individual recovery, interactions with relationship partners, family, and friends throughout the process are also discussed. An extensive state-by-state list of rape crisis programs, victims’ assistance programs, and shelters for raped and battered women is given. Includes index.

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Personal Narratives

These authors have written memoirs and poetry in response to their experiences with rape and sexual assault. They are listed here but have not been individually annotated.

After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back. By Nancy Venable Raine. New York: Crown Publishers, 1998.
Davis Library and House Undergraduate Library HV6561 .R33 1998

Lucky. By Alice Sebold. New York: Scribner, 1999.
Davis Library and House Undergraduate Library HV6561 .S44 1999

One Red Eye: Poems. By Kirsten Dierking. Duluth, MN: Holy Cow! Press, 2001.
Davis Library PS3604 .I54 O54 2001

Still Loved By the Sun: A Rape Survivors Journal. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.
Davis Library HV6561 .S34 A3 1992

Taking Back My Life. By Nancy Ziegenmeyer with Larkin Warren. New York: Summit Books, 1992.
Davis Library. HV6565 .I8 Z54 1992

Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery. By Patricia Weaver Francisco. New York: Cliff Street Books, 1999.
Davis Library and House Undergraduate Library HV6561 .F73 1999

Where I Stopped: Remembering Rape at Thirteen. By Martha Ramsey. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1995.
Davis Library HV6561 .R35 1995

Where the River Bends: A Memoir. By Barry Raine. Princeton, NJ: Ontario Review Press, 2002.
Davis Library HV6568 .N46 R35 2002

Working With Available Light: A Family’s World After Violence. By Jamie Kalven. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
Davis Library and House Undergraduate Library HV6568 .C4 K35 1999

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Created by R. Graham for the Carolina Women’s Center, Spring 2003.