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The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law


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An English court in 1736 described rape as an accusation “easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the party accused, though never so innocent. ”To prove the crime, the law required a woman to physically resist, to put up a “hue and cry,” as evidence of her unwillingness. Beginning in the 1970s, however, feminist and victim-advocacy groups began changing attitudes toward rape so the crime is now seen as violent in itself: the legal definition of rape now includes everything from the sadistic serial rapist to the eighteen-year-old who has consensual sex with a fourteen-year-old.

This inclusiveness means there are now more rapists among us. And more of rape’s camp followers: the prison-makers, the community watchdogs, law-and-order politicians, and the real-crime/real-time entertainment industry. Vanessa Place examines the ambiguity of rape law by presenting cases where guilt lies, but lies uneasily, and leads into larger ethical questions of what defines guilt, what is justice, and what is considered just punishment. Assuming a society can and must be judged by the way it treats its most despicable members, The Guilt Project looks at the way the American legal system defines, prosecutes, and punishes sex offenders, how this Dateline NBC justice has transformed our conception of who is guilty and how they ought to be treated, and how this has come to undo our deeper humanity

About the Author

Vanessa Place is a writer and criminal appellate attorney practicing in Los Angeles. She has worked on the appeals of more than a thousand indigent felons, specializing in sex offenders and sexually violent predators. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence, a fifty-thousand-word, one-sentence prose poem; the post-conceptual novel La Medusa; and, in collaboration with appropriation poet Robert Fitterman, Notes on Conceptualisms. Place is co-founder of Les Figues Press, described by critic Terry Castle as “an elegant vessel for experimental American writing of an extraordinarily

assured and ingenious sort.”

Table of Contents

Guilt and me — Statement of the case — Guilt and science — DNA evidence : the calculus of guilt — Sexually violent predators : the parapsychology of guilt — Guilt and culture — Teen sex : the waging of guilt — Sex offender registration: truth and social consequence — The future of sex-offense legislation : prongs of the pitchfork — Drunken sex and homemade movies : who's guilty now — The ballad of Mac the pimp — Femmes and feminisms — Dateline : to catch a predator — Guilt and politics — The tally of guilt: the thousand-year sentence.

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Place, Vanessa
Law : Civil Rights
Law : Criminal Law - General
Civil Rights
Criminal Law - General
Gender Studies-Violence
Law-Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Law : General
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rig
Social Science : Criminology
Publication Date:
March 2010

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History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Law » Civil Liberties and Human Rights
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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