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Rape in ChicagoRace, Myth, and the Courts$
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Dawn Rae Flood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036897

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036897.001.0001

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Second-Wave Feminists (Re)Discover Rape

Second-Wave Feminists (Re)Discover Rape

(p.130) 5. Second-Wave Feminists (Re)Discover Rape
Rape in Chicago

Dawn Rae Flood

University of Illinois Press

This chapter considers how changes in gender and race relations played out in society and in Chicago rape trials during the late 1960s and 1970s. Outside the courtroom, feminists helped create victim advocacy services and provided much-needed support for women who came forward to report sexual attacks. Despite a long history of African American women's activism against racial and sexual violence, the radical feminist movement was plagued with a myopic focus on gender oppression that limited interracial cooperation in the anti-rape movement. Such limitations did not mean that black rape victims did not make use of advocacy services, reflecting the potential for interracial feminist cooperation during this period. Such cooperation did not extend to relaxed urban race relations, however, as defense strategies continued to challenge the familiar prejudices of the Chicago police well into the 1970s.

Keywords:   race relations, sexual violence, gender relations, victim advocacy services, anti-rape movement, interracial feminism, racial violence, gender oppression, urban race relations, second-wave feminists

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