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The Language of Sexual Crime draws on authentic data from rape, sexual assault and abuse cases involving both adults and children. It is both a timely and important collection in the context of global statistics which suggest that crimes involving sexual violence are on the increase, and that conviction rates are falling. Linguists, psychologists, police officers and lawyers involved with cases of sexual crime, all of whom are represented in this book, are currently engaged in exploring ways of improving questioning techniques with both suspects and victims, in police interviews and in the courtroom.

The Language of Sexual Crime considers: the law and language of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse; the detection of sexually-motivated crime through linguistic analysis; police interview techniques used with victims and perpetrators; examination and cross-examination of victims and perpetrators at trial; judicial reports and public inquiries involving sexual abuse or assault cases; the reporting of rape or sexual assault cases in the media.


Description

The Language of Sexual Crime draws on authentic data from rape, sexual assault and abuse cases involving both adults and children. It is both a timely and important collection in the context of global statistics which suggest that crimes involving sexual violence are on the increase, and that conviction rates are falling. Linguists, psychologists, police officers and lawyers involved with cases of sexual crime, all of whom are represented in this book, are currently engaged in exploring ways of improving questioning techniques with both suspects and victims, in police interviews and in the courtroom.

The Language of Sexual Crime considers: the law and language of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse; the detection of sexually-motivated crime through linguistic analysis; police interview techniques used with victims and perpetrators; examination and cross-examination of victims and perpetrators at trial; judicial reports and public inquiries involving sexual abuse or assault cases; the reporting of rape or sexual assault cases in the media.


Reviews

 
"As with any collected volume of work, there is a degree of variance in the quality of submissions. In this case, however, the range is simply from excellent to superb. Novices in the field are presented alongside veterans from the Forensic Linguistic circuit, and they keep up with the expectations of rigid, thorough, and professional scholarship that has become the standard in this area of study. Janet Cotterill has certainly selected and assembled an impressive collection of work that will contribute to advances in the research of criminal acts, and specifically sexual crime, for many years to come."

- Kerry Linfoot, Department of English, United States Air Force Academy


Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Rape as Social Activity: An Application of Investigative Linguistics; T.Grant & J.Woodhams
The Elicitation of a Confession: Admitting Murder But Resisting an Accusation of Attempted Rape; S.Berk-Seligson
'Just Good Friends': Managing the Clash of Discourses in Police Interviews with Paedophiles; K.Benneworth
The Questioning of Child Witnesses: A Comparison of the Child's Linguistic Experience in the Initial Interview and in the Courtroom Cross-Examination; M.Aldridge
The Language of Consent in Rape Law; P.Tiersma
The Repertoire of Complicity Vs. Coercion: The Discursive Trap of the Rape Trial Protocol; D.Ponterotto
Normative Discourses and Representations of Coerced Sex; S.Ehrlich
Purposes, Roles and Beliefs in the Hostile Questioning of Vulnerable Witnesses; E.S.M.Leung & J.Gibbons
The Victim As 'Other': Analysis of the Language of Acquittal Decisions in Sexual Offences in the Israeli Supreme Court; B.Bogoch
Sentencing Sexual Abuse Offenders: Sex Crimes and Social Justice; C.MacMartin & L.A.Wood
When Rape Is (Not Quite) Rape; A.Mooney
At the Hands of the Brothers: A Corpus-Based Lexico-Grammatical Analysis of Stance in Newspaper Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse Cases; A.O'Keefe & M.Breen
Index


Authors

JANET COTTERILL is Reader in Language and Communication and Director of Studies for the MA in Forensic Linguistics at Cardiff University, UK. She is also an experienced consultant and expert witness in forensic linguistics. She co-edited The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (formerly Forensic Linguistics) for five years and is the current Vice President and President-Elect of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL). With a background in translation/interpreting and TEFL/Applied Linguistics, Janet has worked in the UK, France, Egypt and Japan. Her previous books include Language and Power in Court: A Linguistic Analysis of the O.J.Simpson Trial, and (editor) Language in the Legal Process.