Schaub 2013 Rape

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Author: Katherine Elizabeth Schaub

Title: Rape as a Legitimate Medical Event from 1800-1910

Subtitle: -

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Case Western Reserve University

Year: August 2013

Pages: 63pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century | U.S. History | Prosecution: Forensic Medicine

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Abstract: »During the nineteenth century, physicians began to include rape amongst the bodily events that fell under their purview. Doctors were primarily involved in searching for forensic evidence of rape, as well as theorizing about biological causes of raping and medical interventions for rapists. Physicians were embedded in a culture which treated reports of rape with great suspicion, and the accounts of doctors often lent a note of medical authority to certain myths about rape, such as the prevalence of false reports as well as whether or not rape could lead to pregnancy. Despite being a phenomenon that is intimately associated with the body, physicians were unable to fully claim rape as a part of their professional domain. The writings of physicians during this period show how challenges from the legal profession frequently undermined doctors' own attempts to establish themselves as authorities on rape, as well as the roots of certain elements of rape culture. This paper examines physicians’ role in investigating the bodies of women, their attempts to claim authority in legal settings, their identification of rapists as disordered, and the experiences of victims themselves with the medicalization of rape.« [Source: Thesis]


  Abstract (p. 1)
  Introduction (p. 2)
  Physicians as Witnesses (p. 4)
  Investigations of Women's Bodies (p. 6)
  The Technology of Rape Detection (p. 18)
  Hysterical Accusations (p. 23)
  Investigations of Men's Bodies (p. 29)
  An Unfortunate Reputation (p. 31)
  Sick Rapists (p. 34)
  The Cure for Rape (p. 40)
  Rape Victims (p. 44)
  Conclusion (p. 57)
  Bibliography (p. 60)

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