Sexual Violence: Opposing Viewpoints

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Sexual Violence: Opposing Viewpoints
EditorHelen Cothran
CountryUnited States
SubjectSexual violence
PublisherGreenhaven Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)
ISBN0-7377-1240-6 (hardback)
0-7377-1239-2 (paperback)

Sexual Violence: Opposing Viewpoints is a 2003 book edited by Helen Cothran. It presents selections of contrasting viewpoints on four central questions about sexual violence: what causes it; whether it is a serious problem; how society should address it; and how it can be reduced. The book is part of the Opposing Viewpoints series.


Chapter Viewpoint Author Notes
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?
Chapter 1: What Causes Sexual Violence? 1. Rape Is a Natural Biological Act Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer Excerpt from A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion (MIT Press, 2000, hardcover, ISBN 0-262-20125-9; 2001, paperback, ISBN 0-262-70083-2).
2. Rape Is Not a Natural Biological Act Barbara Ehrenreich From "How 'Natural' Is Rape? Despite a Daffy New Theory, It's Not Just a Guy in Touch with His Inner Caveman", Time, January 31, 2000.
3. Pornography Causes Sexual Violence Fear Us From "Pornography", 2001,
4. Pornography Does Not Cause Sexual Violence American Civil Liberties Union Reprint of "Why the ACLU Opposes Censorship of 'Pornography'", December 11, 1994.
5. Traditional Male/Female Roles Promote Sexual Violence Alyn Pearson Excerpt from "Rape Culture: It's All Around Us", off our backs, vol. 30, August 2000.
6. Rape Is Frequently Used as a Weapon of War Barbara Crossette Reprint of "An Old Scourge of War Becomes Its Latest Crime", The New York Times, June 14, 1998.
7. Schools Often Contribute to Child Sexual Abuse Economist Excerpt from "Passing the Trash: Sex Offenders", The Economist, April 6, 2002.
Chapter 2: Is Sexual Violence a Serious Problem? 1. Rape Is a Serious Problem Mary P. Koss Excerpt from "Acquaintance Rape: A Critical Update on Recent Findings with Application to Advocacy", 2000, Community Assessment Tool.
2. The Prevalence of Rape Has Been Exaggerated Neil Gilbert Excerpt from "Realities and Mythologies of Rape", Society, vol. 35, January/February 1998, p. 356-7.
3. Child Sexual Abuse Is a Serious Problem Rebecca M. Bolen and Maria Scannapieco From "Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse: A Corrective Metanalysis", Social Service Review, vol. 73, September 1999, p. 281.
4. Some Professionals Exaggerate the Problem of Child Sexual Abuse Thomas D. Oellerich Excerpt from "Identifying and Dealing with 'Child Savers'", Issues in Child Abuse Accusations, vol. 10, 1998, pp. 1–5, 7.
5. Child Sexual Abuse By Priests Is Widespread Andrew Sullivan Reprint of "They Still Don't Get It: How Can a Church That Judges So Many Faithful Cover Up Its Own Offenses?", Time, vol. 159, March 4, 2002, p. 55.
6. Child Sexual Abuse By Priests Is Not Widespread Wilton D. Gregory Reprint of "We Must Be Ceaselessly on Guard", National Catholic Reporter, vol. 28, March 1, 2002, p. 15.
Chapter 3: How Should Society Address Sexual Victimization? 1. Women Should Tell Their Stories of Sexual Victimization Martha T. McCluskey From "Transforming Victimization", Tikkun, vol. 9, March/April 1994, pp. 54–57.
2. Women Should Avoid Claiming Status as Victims Katie Roiphe Excerpt from The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism (Little Brown & Co., 1993, hardcover, ISBN 0-316-75431-5; Back Bay Books, 1994, paperback, ISBN 0-316-75432-3).
3. Repressed Memories of Sexual Abuse Are Valid James Lein Excerpt from "Recovered Memories: Context and Controversy", Social Work, vol. 44, September 1999, 481–499.
4. Repressed Memories of Sexual Abuse Are a Hoax Rael Jean Isaac Excerpt from "Sex, Lies, and Audiotapes", Women's Quarterly, Summer 2001, p. 7.
5. Battered Woman Syndrome Is a Valid Defense Douglas A. Orr Excerpt from "Weiand v. State and Battered Spouse Syndrome", Florida Bar Journal, vol. 74, June 2000, p. 14.
6. Battered Woman Syndrome Is Not a Valid Defense Joe Wheeler Dixon Reprint of "Battered Woman Syndrome", January 2002.
Chapter 4: How Can Sexual Violence Be Reduced? 1. Chemical Castration Can Help Reduce Sexual Violence Christopher Meisenkothen Reprint of "Chemical Castration — Breaking the Cycle of Paraphiliac Recidivism", Social Justice, vol. 26, Spring 1999, pp. 139–54.
2. Chemical Castration Is Unconstitutional and Often Ineffective Larry Helm Spalding Excerpt from "Florida's 1997 Chemical Castration Law: A Return to the Dark Ages", Florida State University Law Review, 1998.
3. Community Notification Laws Can Help Reduce Sexual Violence Alan D. Scholle Excerpt from "Sex Offender Registration" Archived 2006-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, vol. 69, July 2000, p. 17.
4. Community Notification Laws May Be Ineffective Joshua Wolf Shenk Reprint of "Do 'Megan's Laws' Make a Difference?", U.S. News & World Report, vol. 124, March 9, 1998, p. 27.
5. Rape Shield Laws Are Necessary Mary E. Bahl Reprint of "Rape Shield Laws: Who Really Needs Protecting?", Impact Press, 2000.
6. Rape Shield Laws Are Unfair Cathy Young Reprint of "Don't Shield Juries from the Truth in Sex Cases", The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 1998, p. A19.
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