Harvard Law Professors Argue for Teaching Rape Law

Feb 6, 2015
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This is a follow-up to a story we presented in December —

Laws regarding rape should be taught in criminal law classes at Harvard Law School despite its potential to trigger psychological trauma, two Law professors argued at a discussion on the topic Wednesday afternoon.

Law professor Jeannie C. Suk, who has taught criminal law and procedure at the Law School, and Andrew M. Crespo ’05, who served as Harvard Law Review’s first Latino president and will teach criminal law for the first time next fall, both stressed the pedagogical value of including rape law in a curriculum. Suk spoke out on the issue when she penned a New Yorker article called “The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law” in December.


At the well-attended discussion, Suk and Crespo said law school students should engage with potentially emotionally difficult cases in preparation for their role in the legal world.

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