Multiple perpetrator rape: naming an offence and initial research findings.

Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Kelly, Liz (2009) Multiple perpetrator rape: naming an offence and initial research findings. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15 (1). pp. 83-96. ISSN 1355-2600

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Multiple perpetrator rape presents a significant problem nationally and internationally. However, previous research is limited and findings are often contradictory. The details of 101 rape allegations recorded in a six-month period in a large police force in England were analysed. Findings are presented about case classification, victim and perpetrator characteristics, approach and assault location, perpetrator group composition and victim targeting. The discussion of the findings is used as a basis to explore the pitfalls and benefits of the established naming and definition of this offence. Local and colloquial terms (e.g. ‘‘gang bang’’ and ‘streamlining’’) as well as academic terminology (e.g. ‘‘group’’ and ‘‘gang’’ rape) are considered. The paper concludes by proposing an overarching term ‘‘multiple perpetrator’’ rape that allows a series of subtypes to be developed both locally and transnationally.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Multiple perpetrator rape; naming; group rape; gang rape; definition; local and colloquial terms
Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Psychology
School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
ID Code:6596
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