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Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape

Fairstein, Linda A.

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ISBN 10: 0688067158 / ISBN 13: 9780688067151
Published by William Morrow and Company, Inc, New York, 1993
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288 p. Illustrations. Index. Fairstein is director of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which has an excellent record for convicting rapists as well as for educating the public. Fairstein writes about a brutal case of an assault on a college student by 'the Midtown rapist. ' She also traces the history of the unit, the need for DNA testing to identify perpetrators, and efforts being made to assure victims that they are understood, and not stigmatized. First edition. Stated. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 61062

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Title: Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape

Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author, an assistant district attorney in New York County and the director of the sex crimes prosecution unit, describes some cases she's handled. For general readers. No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Gripping depiction of the prosecutor's view of rape, by the current head of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. When Fairstein graduated from law school, her overwhelming ambition was to join the Manhattan D.A.'s office, considered the best in the country. Warned that then-D.A. Frank Hogan, 30 years on the job, had ``traditional'' views (there were seven women among the 160 lawyers working for him), Fairstein persisted and got an interview--during which Hogan told her, ``Its tawdry, very tawdry, Miss Fairstein...no place for a woman like you.'' Nevertheless, in 1972, Hogan hired Fairstein. Then, in 1976, a new D.A. was elected: Robert Morgenthau, whom the author cites frequently for his support of women--for greatly enlarging, and assigning top-notch lawyers to, the SCPU (first of its kind in the country); innovating special services to protect victims; and making all positions in his department open to women. Here, Fairstein explains, as she does to juries, the ``nature of rape--an act of violence, power, humiliation, and control rather than sexual coupling.'' She analyzes the antique laws--based on 17th-century English common law--that for so long tied the hands of the police and resulted in only one out of ten victims coming forward: Uniquely, in this most intimate of crimes, rape laws required corroboration of a witness; meanwhile, defense attorneys were permitted to drag the woman's entire sex life through open court. Fairstein's interjections about some of the fascinating and bizarre cases she's prosecuted-- including high-profile ones like the Robert Chambers and Central Park jogger case, as well as cases of date rape; serial rape; false reporting; and rape scams--keep her report moving forward briskly. A very strong and complete education in this singularly repugnant crime. (For another, not quite so compelling, memoir of prosecuting rape, see Alice Vachss's Sex Crimes, p. 585) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs--not seen) (First serial to Glamour and Cosmopolitan) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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