SOC. 4925

  1. In the Video "Two Accused, the Chronicle of a Rape Trial," they discussed the issue of printing the victim's and defendant's name in the paper. What are the arguments for both sides? Drawing on the information you have learned from class all semester, which position do you take and why?

  2. What makes the processing of rape cases difficult?

  3. Defend or critique the following; Rape cases are now easier to prosecute in court than they were in 1970.

  4. What strategies do lawyers need to think about when trying a rape case?

  5. How is date rape different than stranger rape? Does the Power/Control model of rape provide a useful explanation for this type of sexual assault?

  6. What is discretion in the criminal justice system?   How does the use of discretion impact rape cases?

  7. Rape cases are considered more serious if they contain certain characteristics. What are those conditions? What conditions lead to unfounding?

  8. What is the difference between unfounded and inactive cases? Why is this distinction important?

  9. What is the relationship of 'nontraditional' gender behavior and processing of rape cases?

  10. What do the statistics tell us about the characteristics of date rape?

  11. Explain rape offender topologies.

  12. How have sexual assault laws changed since 1974? What are the pros and cons to such changes?

  13. Why is Date rape such a hard sex crime to prosecute?

  14. What is the 'Second rape'? How has, or has it, diminished in recent years?

  15. What are rape or sex crime units? What impact has the creation of sex crime or rape crime units had on police work?

  16. How does traditional gender role acceptance affect rape cases?

  17. What are rape shield laws? What are the benefits of such laws? Should shield laws be re-evaluated? Why or Why not?

  18. How does protecting the Defendants right to a fair trial affect processing rape cases?

  19. If you could re-write sexual assault/rape laws how would you do it? How do you make a law fair to the defendant yet protect the victim from further victimization?

  20. Discuss how SART can impact a rape case. Be sure to place this in the context of traditional treatment of vicitms.

  21. What impact has DNA advances had on rape cases? What does this mean for victim identification and testimony? Draw on the Video "What Jennifer Saw" to illustrate your answer.