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High-Profile CrimesWhen Legal Cases Become Social Causes$
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Lynn S. Chancer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101125

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.001.0001

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The Rape of the Central Park Jogger

The Rape of the Central Park Jogger

(p.29) Chapter 2 The Rape of the Central Park Jogger
High-Profile Crimes

Lynn S. Chancer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the Central Park jogger case in New York which involved the rape and assault of a young woman on April 19, 1989. It examines the media coverage and public reactions to the case and suggests that the case received enough journalistic attention to elevate it to becoming a “provoking assault.” This chapter highlights the role of the media in generating widespread reactions to the case and argues that it symbolized social problems concerning violence against women and inner city violence.

Keywords:   Central Park jogger, rape, assault, media coverage, public reactions, social problems, violence against women, inner city violence

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