Final Proposal - Running Head: Race for Rape 1 Race and Its...

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Running Head: Race for Rape 1 Race and Its Affect on Rape Conviction Rates Garry Ray Davis II Georgia State University
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Running Head: Race for Rape 2 Abstract At a time when the United States is more diverse than ever, the notion of race seems to permeate almost every facet of American life. The main objective of this paper is to provide the design of a research study that answers the question as to whether or not minority groups are arrested at a higher rate than whites for the violent crime of rape in the US. Through observation of previous research in similar cases, there are obvious trends that come about through the interdependence of race and rape. Using disproportionate stratified sampling, the research examines the inadequacies in the criminal justice system and if there really are discrepancies with arrest rates based on offenders race or ethnic group. Too many a time in this day and age, rape is very likely to be blamed on a minority. Whether the suspected offender is Asian, Native American or African American, they are thought to be the perpetrator beyond reasonable suspicion. Their accreditations or lack thereof are ignored beyond the mere fact of the difference in color of skin or ethnic differences. For hundreds of years, minorities have been oppressed at the fact that they could easily be blamed for the causation of many crimes including rape or bodily assault of another individual. There have been hundreds if not thousands of men imprisoned, killed or sentenced to life without parole for being at “the wrong place at the wrong time.” This threat of wrongful imprisonment or even death has been prevalent mainly in the south than any other region in the United States. Even after the passing of certain amendments put into the framework to provide civil liberties to everyone regardless of skin color, has continued to come down harshly on minorities. After reviewing several criminological theories, the only reason to the high incarceration rate of minorities must point to “Critical Race Theory”. This theory is concerned with the idea of inescapable and inherent racism in the American legal system, as well as the use of
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Running Head: Race for Rape 3 discrimination in the practice of law. It emphasizes the socially constructed nature of race and considers judicial conclusions to be based on inherently racist social assumptions (CRT, 2010 p.3). Thus the idea that African Americans in their brutish portrayal crave white women is absurd. The variables in this study aim to investigate the race of the offenders and the rate of conviction amongst its minority offenders. From studies compiled the reader is able to conclude with the same hypothesis drawn from the introduction that “minority rape offenders are more likely to be convicted of rape than their counterpart white rape offenders”. This problem is not only important to the present but future generations to come. The mere fact that the stereotype of
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course CRJU 3100 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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Final Proposal - Running Head: Race for Rape 1 Race and Its...

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