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Social Science Women's Studies

The Technoscientific Witness of Rape

Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic Science

by (author) Andrea Quinlan

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Category
Women's Studies, Marriage & Family, General, History, Criminology
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487500818
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $74.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487520601
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $31.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487511883
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $25.95

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Description

In 1984, the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK) was dubbed "Ontario’s most successful rapist trap." Since then, the kit has become the key source of evidence in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault as well as a symbol of victims’ improved access to care and justice. Unfortunately, the SAEK has failed to live up to these promises.

The Technoscientific Witness of Rape is the first book to chart the thirty year history of the sexual assault evidence kit and its role in a criminal justice system that re-victimizes many assault victims in their quest for medical treatment and justice. Drawing on actor-network theory and feminist technology studies, Andrea Quinlan combs through sixty-two interviews with police, nurses, scientists, and lawyers, as well as archival records and legal cases to trace changes in sexual assault forensics, law, advocacy, and anti-violence activism in Ontario. Through this history Quinlan bravely and provocatively argues that the SAEK reflects and reinforces the criminal justice system’s distrust of sexual assault victims.

About the author

Andrea Quinlan is an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo. Her research examines the intersections of law, science, technology, and medicine in legal responses to sexual violence, as well as the influence of feminist anti-violence movements on sexual assault policy, law, and institutional practice. Her forthcoming book is titled The Technoscientific Witness of Rape: Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic Science.

Andrea Quinlan's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize

Other titles by Andrea Quinlan