Un-Marking Rape Victims

2 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2023

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I. India Thusi

Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Cornell Law School

Date Written: September 13, 2023


In her article, “Ruined”, Maybell Romero adopts an autoethnographic methodology to examine the harms judges cause by using the adjective “ruined” to describe sexual assault victims.

Romero takes us to a sentencing hearing in Utah, where she was a prosecutor for rape and sexual assault cases, and recounts how a sentencing judge referred to the rape victim as “ruined.” This experience shook her. The description of a rape victim as ruined triggered her as someone who had also experienced rape. Was she too ruined?

Keywords: criminal law, feminist legal theory, feminism, criminal procedure, feminist jurisprudence, discourse

JEL Classification: K10, K00, K14, K30, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Thusi, I. India, Un-Marking Rape Victims (September 13, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4571892

I. India Thusi (Contact Author)

Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )

211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
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Cornell Law School ( email )

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