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The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

September 21, 2013

ART: African Americans Wrongly Convicted of Sexual Assault Against Whites: Eyewitness Error and Other Case Features

Authors: Matthew B. Johnson, Shakina Griffith, and Carlene Y. Barnaby
Title: African Americans Wrongly Convicted of Sexual Assault Against Whites
Subtitle: Eyewitness Error and Other Case Features
Journal: Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Year: 2013
Pages: 277-294
ISSN: 1537-7938 - eISSN: 1537-7946
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »A total of 35 African American men who were wrongly convicted of sexual assault against Whites were identified through review of journalist, scholarly, Web-based, and published legal decisions. Most of the cases occurred during the 1982–1992 decade and involved postconviction DNA exonerations. Consistent with the literature on wrongful convictions, erroneous eyewitness identification by the assault victim was a major source of error. Other factors that contributed to the wrongful convictions were coerced false confessions, all-White juries, discounted alibis, misconduct by officials, flawed expert testimony, and hue-and-cry circumstances. The construction of the image of the Black sexual predator as well as the challenges presented by cross-racial identification also are discussed.« [Source: Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice]

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