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Rape in Chicago: Race, Myth, and the Courts

Dawn Rae Flood

Abstract

Spanning a period of four tumultuous decades from the mid-1930s through the mid-1970s, this study reassesses the ways in which Chicagoans negotiated the extraordinary challenges of rape, as either victims or accused perpetrators. Drawing on extensive trial testimony, government reports, and media coverage, Dawn Rae Flood examines how individual men and women, particularly African Americans, understood and challenged rape myths and claimed their right to be protected as American citizens—protected by the State against violence, and protected from the State's prejudicial investigations and inter ... More

Keywords: rape, rape myths, defense strategies, black criminality, racist stereotypes, sexist stereotypes, medical evidence, rape cases, modern rape trials, rape kit, sexual violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036897
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036897.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dawn Rae Flood, author
Campion College, Univ. of Regina