The History of Rape

Casey Hilka, Univ. of South Carolina , Spartanburg

ABSTRACT
Legislative reform and court decisions have made a dramatic change in the way we as a society look at the crime of rape. In early times rape was considered a property crime, where the woman was not the victim, the man to whom she belonged was the victim. As time passed, the laws of rape began to change and it no longer was considered a property crime, but a violent crime against women. While the court systems began to look at women as the victim, it was not until the 1990's that the law included both men and women as victims of this crime. Rape laws have changed, but there is still significant reform to be done.

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Updated 05/20/2006