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Self-Defence or Undermining the Self?: Exploring the possibilities and limitations of a novel anti-rape technology

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gethin Rees


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Despite decades of feminist-inspired law reforms, rape remains highly prevalent. While many continue to fight for broad cultural and institutional changes, some argue that more immediate interventions are required. Self-defense techniques represent a key strategy of resistance to rape, and empirical evidence suggests that women’s active resistance may hold a number of positive benefits. In this Research Note we compare a novel anti-rape technology, known as the Rape-aXe, to traditional self-defense techniques,focusing upon the potential for both to resist individual acts of sexual aggression and, more broadly, end gendered sexual violence.

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Author(s): White D, Rees G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Violence Against Women

Year: 2014

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

Pages: 360-368

Print publication date: 03/03/2014

Online publication date: 03/03/2014

Acceptance date: 01/11/2013

ISSN (print): 1077-8012

ISSN (electronic): 1552-8448

Publisher: Sage Journals


DOI: 10.1177/1077801214526309


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