chapter  1
Rape Work
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As noted in the Introduction, rape work is the labor of organizational members that entails helping victims, examining victims (their statements, accuracy, behavior), testing victims, collecting evidence (verbal and material), and moving victims through a community’s legal, health, and social service systems. It entails delving into the backgrounds of the accused rapist and, as a rule, the victim as well, as the opening quote shows. As the public defender quoted above says, rape “cases take more time to ‘work up.’” Rape work is both time-consuming and emotionally intense (Chapter 9). In addition, rape work involves cooperating with other organizations, developing protocols, training staff, teaching outsiders about rape, and preventing rape. The only feature these diverse activities have in common is a focus on rape.