Research & Reports

The reports reflect the research the center has done on violence against women, including studies on the sex trade in the Chicago metropolitan area, the response to domestic violence by the Cook County Circuit Court, and rape prosecutions. The links below are a comprehensive listing or our center’s research publications from 2004 to the present.


Jody Raphael in Conversation with sex trafficking survivor Brenda Myers-Powell in 2010

Rape is Rape (2013)

Through firsthand interviews with victims, medical and judicial records, social media analysis and statistics from government agencies, Jody Raphael’s book, Rape Is Rape, exposes the tactics used by the deniers, a group that includes conservatives and right-wing Christians as well as some controversial feminists. The personal stories of young acquaintance rape victims whom Raphael interviewed demonstrate how assaults on their credibility, buttressed by claims of low prevalence, prevent many from holding their rapists accountable, enabling them to rape others with impunity. Rape Is Rape is an exposé of those using rape denial to further their political agendas, and it is a call to action to protect the rights of women and girls, making it safe for victims to come forward, and end the acquaintance rape crisis. A resources section is included for those seeking help, advice, or hoping to get involved.
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The Cook County Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Response Team: A Law Enforcement Model

In February of 2009, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s Office launched its Human Trafficking Response Team (HTRT) to respond to the exploitation of women and girls in the sex trade and to reduce the demand for paid sex in Cook County. This report analyzes the activities of the HTRT with a focus on how effectively the initiative is addressing the demand side of prostitution (customers, johns, or people who buy sex) and how it is interacting with women and girls who are impacted by the sex trade.
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From Victims to Victimizers: Interviews with 25 Ex-Pimps in Chicago

This research expands the study of pimps and the way they control the sex trade.
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The Chicago Stalking Study: Interviews with Patrol Officers

Interviewing police officers is disruptive to police district routine so we are grateful to the Chicago Police Department for its cooperation with this project.
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Interviews with Five Ex-Pimps in Chicago

In March 2009 Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart sued Craigslist to shut down its exotic services advertising section. When his deputies responded to ads on Craigslist, they were often met by teens who had been falsely recruited or trafficked by pimps, who were now offering them for sale on Craigslist. This research study presents important information about the role pimps and traffickers play in Chicago’s sex trade industry.
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Domestic sex trafficking of Chicago women and girls

The purpose of this research project was to obtain more information about the way young girls are recruited into the sex trade in Chicago including strategies used, and levels of coercion, control, and violence that hold them in prostitution.
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The Duke Lacrosse Case: Exploiting the Issue of False Rape Accusations

Originally published in Violence Against Women, Volume 14, Number 3, March 2008. Copyright Sage Publications. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.
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Taking Rape Seriously: Sexual Assault in Cook County

A February 2008 report from the DePaul University College of Law Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center.
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Jody Raphael's Women, Poverty, and Violence Trilogy Saving Bernice

Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty (2000) Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution (2004) Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration (2007) Click here for ordering information.
Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration

Civil Orders of Protection 2006

A statistical report.
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Hard Facts

An Analysis of Intimate Partner violence and Sexual Assault Data from the Cook County Legal System. A May 2005 report from the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Accountability Project of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center.
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Family Law