Making a space for medical expertise: medical knowledge of sexual assault and the construction of boundaries between forensic medicine and the law in late nineteenth-century England


Crozier, Ivan and Rees, Gethin (2012) Making a space for medical expertise: medical knowledge of sexual assault and the construction of boundaries between forensic medicine and the law in late nineteenth-century England. Law, Culture and the Humanities, 8, (2), 317-335. (doi:10.1177/1743872110381558).

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This article looks at the boundary work performed by Victorian doctors in order to position themselves as beneficial to the court in helping to determine whether a woman had been raped. These doctors provided tangible physical evidence to support already widely-held beliefs about the nature of the rape victim. Such physical evidence could then be used to support, or undermine, the complainant’s allegation. The paper concludes that the reliance upon forensic evidence, the result of such boundary
construction, is one of the major factors maintaining the current international “justice gap” in rape cases.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1743-9752
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Sociology & Social Policy
ePrint ID: 198321
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 13:13
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:46
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/198321

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