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Author: Rosemary Barrington

Title: Rape Law Reform

Subtitle: -

Journal: Women's Studies International Forum

Volume: 9

Issue: 1

Year: 1986 (Published online: July 13, 2002)

Pages: 57-61

ISSN: 0277-5395 – Find a Library: WordCat | ISSN: 1879-243X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Oceanian History: New Zealand History | Prosecution: Laws / 20th-Century Legislation


Link: ScienceDirect (Restricted Access)



– »This article examines how changes in rape laws have come about in New Zealand. It assesses early feminist influences and how, within a period of some ten years, these contributed towards an awareness in government of the need for legal change.
The article examines some of the more significant aspects of the Rape Law Reform Bill (No. 2) 1984 which in its attempt to redefine rape must be seen as a radical departure from the common law concept of rape. Although the Bill is progressive from women's perspectives, the change of laws by itself is not sufficient while the actors in the criminal justice system retain unchanged attitudes to women and rape. The effectiveness of legal reform that moves ahead of social attitudes will be assessable only after the law has been in place for some years.« (Source: Women's Studies International Forum)

– »Describes the passage of the Rape Law Reform Bill (1984), which advanced New Zealand law well ahead of common law definitions of rape and of social attitudes as well.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  Impetus for Law Reform (p. 57)
  The Rape Law Reform Bill (No. 2) (p. 59)
  Conclusion (p. 60)
  References (p. 61)

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