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Authors: Carrie N. Baker and Maria Bevacqua

Title: Challenging Narratives of the Anti-Rape Movement's Decline

Subtitle: -

Journal: Violence Against Women

Volume: Published online before print


Year: 2017 (Published online: March 9, 2017)


ISSN: 1077-8012 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-8448 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Society: Anti-Rape Movement


Link: SAGE Publications (Restricted Access)



Carrie N. Baker, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith

Maria Bevacqua, Gender & Women’s Studies Department, Minnesota State University at Mankato

Abstract: »A recent trend in scholarship characterizes the anti-rape movement as founded with radical goals and achieving success at reforming rape laws, but then declining because of co-optation by the state. This article challenges narratives of decline in light of the history of the anti-rape movement and current anti-rape activism. By focusing their critique on criminal justice and therapeutic approaches to sexual violence, and failing to account for the diversity of the anti-rape movement, advocates for narratives of decline ignore parts of the movement that challenge the state and other parts that use broader cultural and community-based strategies to end rape.« (Source: Violence Against Women)

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