Rape and Dating Violence
Your Questions Answered
by Lee A. Ritscher
January 2023, 126pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6767-5
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Research suggests that more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States will experience rape, violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

Discover the facts about intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including how to identify them and what to do if they happen to you.

Rape and dating violence are all-too-common occurrences in the United States and around the world. Why are sexual, physical, and emotional harm at the hands of an intimate partner so prevalent, and how does society perpetuate a culture of violence? What are the physical, psychological, and legal consequences of rape? Most importantly, what should you do and who can you turn to if you or someone you know has experienced rape?

Books in Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrate key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. Each book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the Internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Simple Q&A format makes the subject approachable and accessible to readers, allowing them to find specific information quickly and easily
  • Readers will learn how to identify rape and dating violence when they occur and what actions should be taken
  • Guide to Health Literacy section helps readers improve their research and critical thinking skills when finding and evaluating health information
  • Case studies provide real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book
  • Common myths section dispels popular misconceptions surrounding rape and dating violence and points readers toward detailed and accurate information provided in the main text
Lee A. Ritscher received her PhD in literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and has taught there as well as at California State University Monterey Bay. Her main areas of research and interest are in Renaissance English literature and feminist history and theories. Her first book, The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature, focused on the legal and medical theories of the time period and how they worked together to compel women to silence about their sexual victimization.

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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