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Real Rape

Real Rape

Susan Estrich

ISBN 9780674749443

Publication date: 10/15/1988

Many men believe that they can force women to have sex against their will and that it isn’t rape—at least, not if the man knows the women and doesn’t beat her up or wield a weapon. The law’s casual treatment of such rape cases is the subject of this pioneering book, which is both a powerful exposé of the often shocking facts and a trenchantly written call for reform.


  • Real Rape is a vital book for judges, lawyers, law students, legislators, police officers, and those working in rape crisis centers… Estrich’s writing is calm, logical, eloquent, and often scathingly ironic. On its own terms, her book is valuable for its untangling of the various threads of illogic that have formed the centuries-old web that has prevented justice from being served.

    —Catherine Foster, Christian Science Monitor


  • Susan Estrich is Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California.

Book Details

  • 176 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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