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Chapter 1

SOC219H5 Chapter 1: Reading Note-Mulla

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Jennifer Carlson

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Reading Guide
Mulla, S. (2008). There Is No Place Like Home: The body as the scene of
the crime in sexual assault intervention. Home Cultures, 5(3), 301-
325. [trigger-warning: sexual abuse, graphic language]
What do you think Mulla means by the term “the domestic” (pg. 301 – 302)?
What qualities can be associated with “the domestic” (pg. 301)? (Reading Tip:
This will be come clearer as you read on, but it helps to start brainstorming the definition
of concepts as early as possible as you read!)
Where do rapes often occur (pg. 302)?
What is Mulla’s central argument (pg. 303)?
What are the rates of sexual victimization for men and women (pg. 303)?
How do you think Mulla’s position as both a researcher and an advocate affected
her research (pg. 303)?
What percentage of violent crime, according to the US Bureau of Justice, occur
within five miles of one’s home? What do these statistics suggest about the safety
of the home (pg. 304)?
Mulla uses the term “domestic” to refer to a set of norms defining kinship, care, intimacy, while “home” is the
predominant form for expressing domestic norms in the locality in which she conducted research. The domestic
has healing capabilities, it also has the capability to injure.
A recent study of sex offenses in the US determined that 8 out of 10 rapes were acquaintance rapes. The term
acquaintance encompasses various types of relationships and degrees of intimacy. While formal distinctions
apply to the perpetrator of rape, there are no official distinctions for sites of sexual assaults. However, sexual
assault victims convey a sense of place in the disclosures of the event. Home is often the location in question
Mulla argues that in cases of sexual violence located in the victims homes, forensic techniques allow the
scene of the crime to shift from the home to the body and create the conditions of possibility for the emergence
of a domestic that has two different characters
Although figures hover in the region of one in every seven or eight woman experiencing rape, another study
also finds that about 3% of American men are sexually victimized in their lifetimes
She observed 44 examinations using the method she used and was never asked to leave the hospital Upon
disclosure. This gave her all access to accurate information. In the second phase of the research, she
suspended all patient advocacy activity and observed forensic nurses
The location of about a quarter of incidence of violent crime was at or near the victims home. Among
common locales for violent crimes were on streets other than those near the victims home (19%), school
(12%), or at a commercial establishment (8%). The most likely perpetrators, moreover, or relatives, friends,
and acquaintances.
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