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Understanding the nature of outdoor rape
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
2012 (English)In: Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Practice, Cambridge, UK, 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What can we learn about women’s mobility and urban environments from cases of outdoor rape? Are there ‘typical places’ for rape? How do they look like? How do victims relate to the rape place? To what extent do these places relate to women´s overall fear of crime? These are some of the questions to be answered in the research project entitled “Putting women in their place: city environment and female mobility, lessons from cases of outdoor rapes” using cases of outdoor rapes in Stockholm, Sweden. The objective of the study is to two-fold. First, it contributes to better understanding of the urban environment and the spatial dynamics in which outdoor rapes take place. Second, it uncovers how crime place is recalled and perceived by the victim and by doing that, the study searches for insights on how victim’s immediate mobility pre and post rape relates to current patterns of women’s fear of crime in city environments. One of the novelties of this research is to incorporate accurate knowledge of places where one third of all rapes in Sweden take place. In this presentation we will focus on preliminary results of the study by discussing the nature of these places in relation to overall city environment.

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Cambridge, UK, 2012.
Keyword [en]
Rape place, women’s mobility and fear, urban environment, GIS, Stockholm
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61279OAI: diva2:478856
Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Practice: Diversity, Diversion, Desistance and Dignity, 10–12 January 2012
Putting women in place: City environment and female mobility: Lessons from cases of outdoor rapes
QC 20120126Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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