‘The Cultural Context of Rape and Reform’
BALANCING THE SCALES: RAPE, LAW REFORM AND AUSTRALIAN CULTURE, P. Easteal, ed., pp. 1–12, Federation Press, Sydney, 1998
Posted: 11 Mar 2010
Date Written: 1998
Parts of the Australian cultural ecology - such as gendered language and concepts, incidence and nature of sexual violence, and the construction of gendered temperament and sexuality - that impact on rape law reform are explored. Easteal examines the mythology of sexual assault which sees victims being blamed for their involvement in rape, and being pressured into experiencing shame and self doubt.
Keywords: sexual assault
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