Rape reporting after reforms: Have times really changed

Jody Clay-Warner, Callie Harbin Burt

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Using data from the National Violence Against Women Survey, the authors examine whether rapes committed after reforms were more likely to be reported to police than those committed before reforms. The authors also consider whether the gap between the reporting of simple versus aggravated rape has narrowed. They find that rapes committed after 1990 were more likely to be reported than rapes occurring before 1974. Aggravated rape continues to be more likely to be reported than simple rape, however, and this effect is stable over time. The authors conclude by discussing the implications of these findings for evaluating the success of rape reform statutes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-176
Number of pages27
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005



  • Rape reform
  • Rape reporting
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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