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Authors: Mimi Ajzenstadt and Odeda Steinberg

Title: Never Mind the Law

Subtitle: Legal Discourse and Rape Reform in Israel

Journal: Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Year: Fall 2001

Pages: 337-359

ISSN: 0886-1099 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-3020 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Israeli History | Prosecution: Laws


Link: SAGE Journals (Restricted Access)


Author: Mimi Ajzenstadt, Institute of Criminology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Abstract: »In 1988, Israel changed its rape laws, inflicting harsher penalties on convicted rapists. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, this study compared punishment meted out before and after the reform and content analyzed the judicial dicourse created in the courts in both periods. The findings revealed little change in the severity of sentencing and in judges' attitudes toward rapists, victims, and the crime. The mechanism of normalization allowed judicial authorities to make concessions to rapists, reducing the severity of the offense, while continuing to ignore the plight of the victims.« (Source: Affilia)


  Rape Laws in Israel (p. 340)
  Context (p. 343)
  Punishing Offenders: Light Sentencing (p. 344)
  Judicial Discourse: Minimizing the Rape (p. 346)
    The Normative Discourse (p. 347)
    The Pathological Discourse (p. 350)
    Discourse of the "Other" (p. 351)
    The Victimless Discourse (p. 352)
  Need for Wider Social Change (p. 354)
  References (p. 357)

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