Sex without Consent
Rape and Sexual Coercion in America
A group of men rape an intoxicated fifteen year old girl to "make a woman of her." An immigrant woman is raped after accepting a ride from a stranger. A young mother is accosted after a neighbor escorts her home. In another case, a college frat party is the scene of the crime. Although these incidents appear similar to accounts one can read in the newspapers almost any day in the United States, only the last one occurred in this century. Each, however, involved a woman or girl compelled to have sex against her will.
"Needed historical perspective . . . thorough documentation . . . excellent."
— Library Journal
"The book provides some very interesting examples of early legal standards for prosecuting rape charges and charges of child sexual abuse in the United States."
—Archives of Sexual Behavior
"Merril Smith's edited volume provides numerous articles that will be of great worth to the historical and feminist communities. The range or articles in this volume goes beyond the usual "hotspots" while still allowing for important comparisons."
—Journal of Social History
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