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Against Rape
Against Rape

Against Rape


200 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $18.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: May 1975

ISBN 9780720602241

Rights: US & CA

Peter Owen Publishers (May 1975)

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Against Rape is one of the earliest texts on a delicate subject, a polemic-cum-survival manual as well a thoughtful study. In 1975 it broke the silence on rape, not only in the U.S., but around the world. It was the first book to look at the causes and patterns of rape in order to reduce its power in the minds and lives of women, enable women and men to begin to change a society that engendered it, and help women avoid and/or survive the trauma of rape. It is also a realistic and practical book, explaining how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and giving instructions on various self-defense techniques and advice on what to do in the event of rape. It also considers the act of rape in context, discussing why it happens, what forms it can take, how it affects the victims and who the rapists are. It has been widely used in rape crisis centers and women's studies courses and was the primary text for Chimera, Inc.'s self-defense courses for women for more than a decade. It has had a major impact on the way our society deals with this crime.


"A shrewd, eye-opening book which deals squarely and from a strong feminist perspective with the social and human ramifications of a crime that is frequently deplored but seldom punished."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Sharp as a karate chop and as right-on about the reasons why men rape women as the issue demands . . . brief, eloquent and to the point in defining rape and setting this "deadly insult" to a woman's personhood in its psychological, social, and legal contexts."  —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Andra Medea organized the Midwest's first conference on rape in Chicago in 1972. She is the author of Conflict Unraveled and Going Home Without Going Crazy. Kathleen Thompson is a writer and activist who opened Chicago's first feminist bookstore in 1969, and is a founding member of Chicago Women Against Rape. She is the coauthor of America's Children, Children of the Depression, and The Face of Our Past. She has been on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice. She lives in Chicago.