Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities: A Replication Study

Laurie Drapela, Washington State University, Vancouver
Nick McRee, The University of Portland

In 1979 Joan McDermott published "Rape Victimization In 26 American Cities", a seminal investigation of the characteristics and consequences of rape and attempted rape victimization. The results of this investigation have helped to frame academic and political debates about rape for over two decades. During this same time, however, scholars have documented several adjustments in social attitudes about sexual assault. We replicate portions of McDermott's study using data from the June 2001 National Crime Victimization Survey, and investigate changes in rape characteristics, as well as victims' self-defense strategies and their willingness to report assaults to the police.

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