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The Cost of Rape

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What is the cost of sexual violence? It is an interesting and complex question. How does one assign a value to human suffering? What is the cost of adjudicating and incarcerating offenders as well as maintaining a sexual assault service delivery system? How much more productive would our society be if it were not impacted by sexual assault. The July 2002 issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence included a study from the University of Michigan designed to answer these questions. This issue of Connections was designed as an exploration of the data presented in this study.

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Reviewed: May 11th, 2011