Legal definition, incidence, social & historical views, physical & psychological effects, myths, feminism, effectiveness of criminal justice system.

In learning crime statistics and patterns of the criminal justice system, one will come to realize that numerous crimes, ranging from minor to major offenses, go unreported mainly due to fear, embarrassment, or lack of faith in the justice system. One crime, characterized by violence and control, which goes by unreported about eighty-five percent of the time, is rape (Rape Facts II). Rape is a dehumanizing violation surrounded by many myths and theories.