Stevenson 2014 Violations

Title Information

Author: Kim Stevenson

Title: Outrageous Violations

Subtitle: Enabling Students to Interpret Nineteenth Century Newspaper Reports of Sexual Assault and Rape

Journal: Law, Crime and History

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Year: 2014

Pages: 36-61

ISSN: 2045-9238 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | English History | Representations: Press; Research: Teaching History

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Author: Kim Stevenson, Law School, Plymouth University

Abstract: »This article is divided into two parts: the first highlights some of the difficulties and limitations for students and tutors who wish to explore the historiography of rape and sexual assault. In particular it addresses the problematic issue of accessing and interpreting the official records of such proceedings in the criminal courts. As an alternative it is suggested that nineteenth century newspaper reports written by professional lawyer-reporters can provide an effective substitute and can be justified as a primary research source. The second part offers a series of four case studies of sexual assaults as reported in The Times newspaper which students can easily access through the digital archive and analyse. These are presented with observations on how students might be directed to read and interpret the reports together with suggested learning points to enable them to understand how the criminal law and legal process operated in practice, and the real life implications and consequences for the parties involved.« (Source: Law, Crime and History)


  Introduction (p. 36)
  1 Identifying Suitable Research Content (p. 38)
  2 Justifying Newspaper Reports as a Credible Source (p. 41)
  3 Using Newspaper Reports of Sexual Offences to Engage Students (p. 46)
    Some Suggested Introductory and Preparatory Learning Objectives (p. 47)
  4 Sample Case Studies (p. 49)
    Case Study One: an attempted group rape? (p. 49)
    Case Study Two: a plea-bargain (p. 53)
    Case Study Three: the 'respectability imperative' (p. 55)
    Case Study Four: shifts in reporting stype (p. 57)
  Conclusion (p. 60)

Added: May 31, 2014 | Last updated: May 31, 2014