Utmost Resistance

The Law and History of Sexual Violence in the United States

by Amy Vorenberg, Jessica Durkis-Stokes, Jessica C. Brown

Forthcoming September 2023

2023 Teacher's Manual forthcoming

ISBN 978-1-5310-2634-9
eISBN 978-1-5310-2635-6

Despite greater social awareness and intense media coverage of high-profile sexual assault cases, the vast majority of such crimes still go either unreported or unprosecuted. Why? The answer lies in the patchwork of laws governing such crimes and the often sexist and racist roots that underlie them. Utmost Resistance: Examining the Law of Sexual Violence in the United States discusses the history of sexual violence laws, the social and media forces that drive the laws, and the progress American society has made in recognizing and punishing such behavior. The chapters cover a range of subjects including federal regulations such as Title IX and Title VII, sentencing, children and sexual violence, pornography, and evidence, as well as the evolution of legal concepts such as force and consent. The textbook, with accompanying teacher's manual, suggested course design, and notes and questions, was created to be used in a seminar or large class format, either for graduate or undergraduate students.