RAPE: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF. . . ? by Dianna Daniels Booher


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Succinct, practical advice for the age group most likely to be victims of rape. Warned that she might be encouraging paranoia, Booher says her research led her to conclude that reality calls for ""a good healthy case of paranoia about rape""--most young women do not take the possibility seriously enough. She opens with some cautionary examples--some of the rape victims were killed as well--and then asks readers what they would do in an extensive list of situations. This is designed to alert them to some of the ploys of rapists and to start them thinking in terms of avoiding dangerous occasions. There is also advice on what to do if approached or attacked--two-thirds of attempted rapes are not carried through, Booher reports--with due acknowledgment that one approach will work with some rapists, another with others. For those who don't escape, she discusses how to act at the time and then follows through with procedures from first report (which needn't commit the victim to pressing charges) and medical exam to court trial. The problem of incest is also covered in a sympathetic and practical way--in one survey, one in ten women had been involved in such a situation. Though Booher's cautions may go to unrealistic lengths when she advises young women to avoid any event where alcohol will be served (one-third of all rapes are by acquaintances, including dates), most readers will come out of this with a better chance of avoiding attack or, at worst, of being among the two-thirds of potential victims who get away.

Pub Date: May 14th, 1981
Publisher: Messner