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Answer all the following questions; when referring to the readings, cite properly, including page numbers and a full citation at the end of the assignment.

Drawing upon the articles by Susan Estrich and Mark Hansel, explain the legal requirements for establishing a rape conviction, including such elements as force, nonconsent and resistance. Explain how these differ from the legal requirements for establishing convictions for other crimes (robbery, murder, etc.), particularly with regard to the intent of the alleged perpetrator (the mens rea) and the consent of the alleged victim. What does Estrich propose as an alternative to these requirements and how do Hansel's arguments support or not support her proposal? What is your reaction to Estrich's proposal? Do you think that rape law should be different from other forms of criminal law? Why or why not? Based on her article about “Researching the ‘Rape Culture’ of America,” how do you think Christina Hoff Sommers would react to the arguments proposed by Estrich?

Daniel McCarthy <>
Barbara F. McManus <>
HON303/WMS303 Topics and Assignments II
April 2000