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date: 30 May 2020

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Central to understanding the experiences of sexual assault victims is the phenomenon of revictimization, in which victims feel victimized not only from the assault but also from their experiences of the criminal justice process. This essay discusses the nature and extent of victimization as a result of sexual assault from national and international data sources. It considers the key points at which such victims experience revictimization from their contact with the criminal justice process. It analyses the success of policy interventions designed to have an impact on those experiences. Underpinning this analysis is the concept of gender. The authors demonstrate the extent to which gendered assumptions embedded in policy and practice still frame the experiences of sexual assault victims.

Keywords: data, gender, policy, sexual assault, victim, victimization

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