Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence

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Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence. Edited by Merril D. Smith. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018. 2 vols. Acid-free $182 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4489-8). E-book available (978-1-4408-4490-4), call for pricing.

Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence is a two-volume work that tackles a very important and sensitive topic using historical and current events, the law, and statistical information to educate on sexual violence and its impact on society. It contains twenty chapters, arranged alphabetically, that extensively discuss the different forms of rape and sexual violence. The entries are well researched, thorough, and objective in tone, and they feature prominent legal cases, statistics, and events that are pertinent to the selected topics.

It is important to note that this is not the editor's first treatment of this topic. In 2004, Encyclopedia of Rape was published with the intention to "take a new approach to the examination and understanding of an old problem: rape" (vii). Unfortunately, a lot has happened in the fourteen years since the original volume's publication, so this reexamination feels both appropriate and necessary. In the Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence, there are chapters as opposed to entries, which allow the reader to gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the topic. A good example that shows the difference in the depth of coverage in both publications is the treatment of "campus rape. …

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