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Sex Crimes: Ten Years on the Front Lines Prosecuting Rapists and Confronting Their Collaborators Paperback – September 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st Owl book ed edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805035028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805035025
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stark, passionate closing argument in Vachss' broader case against the criminal justice system." -- The New York Times Book Review

"An impassioned account of rape victims, the criminals who terrorize them, and the legal system that too often neglects them." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Nobody knows rapists better than Alice Vachss. With this book she has scored a knockout." -- Edna Buchanan, The Washington Post Book World

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pat Brown on December 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
Many involved in the criminal justice system may claim that Vachss has no "hard" evidence, just circumstantial "sour grapes." Vachss, however, is letting the citizens know exactly what is going on behind the facade of elected and hired "representatives" of the citzens of this nation. There IS no accountability in the criminal justice system and the victims know it. From the time a crime is reported, the victim/citizen is at the mercy of the whims of his/her "protectors" and "champions of justice". Police respond IF and WHEN they want, DAs decide to take the cases IF it serves THEIR purposes, and judges play their ego games as they run their own private country inside the courtroom. There is little the private citizen can do to even find out what is being done. Vachss should be read by every citizen and anyone with the least connection to the criminal justice system. Rapists and serial killers walk free everyday because many on the inside of the criminal justice system have no interest in those outside of it. Pat Brown, Director/Investigative Criminal Profiler/The Sexual Homicide Exchange of Washington DC and Vicinity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Currer Bell on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Don't let the nay sayer fool you. My bet is they may well have some agenda for knocking Ms. Vachss' book. I read this book when it first was published; and found it searingly brave. Ms. Vachss stood up to cowardice in her job as a lawyer, cowardice and ineptitude from the judges who are paid by the very citizens they fail to even wish to protect. Judges who care more about being kissed up to, or any number of stupid things, than doing their job. People who are paid to protect, to help put monsters in jail, and who stop to comment instead on how green the lawyer's eyes are. Ms. Vachss also provides strength to the victims of the 'humans' out there raping and bragging about getting away with it all. She says how brave those women were to prosecute, and she is so right. Ms. Vachss and Andrew Vachss are my heroes. They are warriors out there for the most righteous cause: protecting those who are being victimized by evil predators, and prosecuting those same predators in an attempt to do all they can to put a stop to their deeds. They both have my highest respect. Read this book and get a clear idea from the inside, of how far there is yet to go before there is true justice. And of real bravery in action from one warrior who fought and still fights, to achieve it: Alice Vachss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
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In respnse to "What an ego" I can only say that this reader can't read perceptively and/or has a bad case of twisted projection or perhaps is a perpetrator him/herself and fears the justice seekers. 'Nuff said about that. Mrs. Vachss' book is a superlative testimomy to a strenuous career of unrelenting passion to procecute the sickening evil that goes by the understatement "sex crimes." People tend to be afraid of this subject because this country is rife with sexual (of all brands) crimes. I recommend this book highly, even higher than that for a look at the guts and undepinnings of this culture. I would make it mandatory high school reading. It might serve to scare would be perps and quiet the nervousness of the victims--to know that someone so courageous, uncompromising, and uncorruptible is on the side of true heroic justice.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CS on October 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
In her book Sex Crimes Alice Vachss shows the reader exactly what's going on in the criminal justice system. For those of you who watch Law and Order and see rapists getting life terms wake up! This book illustrates in stunning detail, and without sugar coating, exactly what is going on today in the courts: Prosecutors who don't care, scumbag defense attorneys and judges who should be off the bench at best in prison at worst. Vachss pulls no punches and makes no apologies as she shows us just how deeply apathy and greed have been incorporated into the justice system. This book will start a fire in your belly and once it gets going it won't be extinguished.
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