First published: October 25, 2000 – Last updated: September 1, 2018

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence.

The bibliography is intended to be a systematic bibliography. It aims to help researchers, students, librarians and all interested persons to find literature.

The scope of the bibliography is extensive and broad (e.g. it is not limited to the works of one nation, in one language or about one period).

The bibliography is a work in progress. There is still literature to be retrieved and included. There are still formatting revisions to make, errors to be corrected, and additional information to be added.


The bibliography was not available online for a few years and is now under reconstruction. The information pages for the most titles are still missing. They will be added during the next weeks and months (but maybe it will take some years). For this reason, the chronological, geographical and topical indexes are incomplete.



»'Searching the literature' is thus a slow, tiresome and uncertain activity; it may yield little fruit, and one never has the assurance that all the relevant papers have in fact been found.« (John Ziman)

»The job would be simpler if the legacy were smaller, but the wealth of material overwhelms us, and we are blinded by too much light. ... To make matters worse, no day passes but someone throws another article upon this mountain of material. ... Our life is too short, and there are so many books; money is so scarce, and there is so little time.« (W.G. Ploucquet)

»A compiler cannot afford to indulge in the arrogance of deciding what is beneath notice. ... Besides, the profession's favour may change, and what has previously been condemned may later be approved. ... My object is after all not to be critical. It is recording, so far as possible, of all that has been done, said, seen, observed by physicians and others, of all ages and nations--whether right or no.« (W.G. Ploucquet)