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Scholars tend to agree that despite there being no legal distinction between rapes committed by strangers and rapes committed by acquaintances these are often treated differently by the criminal justice system (Bryden & Lengnick, 1997).
Specifically, stranger rapes can be perceived as more serious, more likely to progress through the justice system, more likely to result in conviction, and more likely to receive harsher sentences than acquaintance rapes (Simon, 1996; Gottfredson & Gottfredson, 1988).
However, previous research often groups acquaintance and stranger rape cases together when exploring which factors might be associated with criminal justice outcomes.
In this talk, Dr Lundrigan will present a series of studies that examine the factors associated with criminal justice outcomes in stranger rape cases alone for three victim groups, adult female, adult male and children and discuss their implications for criminal justice policy and practice.
Dr Sam Lundrigan is the Director of PIER, a Policing Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Founded in July 2016, PIER has a remit to deliver and support high quality, innovative and forward thinking policing research and professional development that contributes to more effective police practice.
Sam completed her MSc at the University of Surrey and her PhD at the University of Liverpool, both in the field of Investigative Psychology. From there she held a lectureship at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Wellington in New Zealand before returning to the UK to take up a research position at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
She joined Anglia Ruskin in January 2009 where, until 2016, she led the Criminology degree programme. Her research interests include jury decision-making, behavioural models of sexual offending, male sexual victimization and offender spatial decision-making.
Throughout her career, she has worked closely with police and provided offender and geographic profiles on a series of serious crime investigations as well as training to police officers in the area of environmental criminology and investigative psychology.
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