Is Rape a Crime?

Is Rape a Crime? blends Michelle Bowdler’s own narrative with detailed research about how law enforcement—from crime labs to individual cops—fail rape victims.

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In 1984, two men broke into Michelle Bowdler’s Boston apartment. They tied her up, blindfolded her, held a knife to her throat and raped her. After they left and once she freed herself, Bowdler immediately called the police. Cops took fingerprints and evidence from her home. She submitted to a rape kit at the hospital;…

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