A Question of Consent by Peter Laufer
Innocence and Complicity in the Glen Ridge Rape Case

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In 1993, a fascinating courtroom drama unfolded in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, as defense attorneys portrayed a mentally retarded rape victim as a seductress and her four rapists as regular all-American boys. The lawyers went on to explain how the teenagers had made an excusable mistake in sexually assaulting the young woman with a succession of foreign objects. Among those who witnessed this drama unfold was author Peter Laufer, whose A Question of Consent provides a full account of the case and the troubling questions it raises. Laufer complements his personal observation with extensive interviews, deep examination of documents and accounts related to the crime, and wide-ranging exploration of the issues that surround it. The Glen Ridge case is symptomatic of ills that plague our society. By exposing the ways mainstream mentality enables rationalization of sex crimes, A Question of Consent raises chilling questions about the sexual mores of late twentieth-century America.

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Peter Laufer, PhD is the winner of major awards for excellence in reporting--including the George Polk and Edward R. Murrow awards--and an independent journalist, broadcaster and documentary filmmaker working in traditional and new media. He has crossed and reported from various borders around the world, including the DMZ between North and South Korea, and the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He is the author of several other books, including Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border. He holds the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
Published May 1, 2000 by Mercury House. 230 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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For example, he undercuts a NOW organizer's critique of the case with comments about her makeup and jewelry, and he describes a female prosecutor who grants him a post-trial interview as ``periodically pull[ing] on the hem of her long dress as it rides up her leg, exposing her slip.'' One of the ...

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On March 1, 1989, a 17-year-old with an IQ somewhere between 50 and 64 was lured to the basement of a house in the well-to-do New Jersey suburb of Glen Ridge. There she performed fellatio on one of a

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