Rape Shield Laws: Definition & History


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Many victims of sexual assault fail to come forward and report the crime. Which answer below is NOT one of the reasons for this?

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1. A _____ law restricts the past sexual history of the victim to be entered in a rape trial.

2. Which right is affected by the passage of rape shield laws?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check to see how much you know about rape shield laws with this multiple-choice quiz and worksheet. You'll be tested on topics like the kind of sexual history evidence that the Supreme Court decided was usually allowed to be excluded.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • Why many victims of sexual assault do not report the crime
  • A law that restricts entering the past sexual history of a victim into a rape trial
  • The impact of rape shield laws
  • Assessing whether the probative value of evidence is outweighed by its unfair prejudice
  • Sexual history evidence that can almost always be excluded

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about victims of sexual assault not reporting the crime and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about rape shield laws, such as their impact on a person's rights
  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between the probative value of evidence and unfair prejudice

Additional Learning

To keep learning about this subject, be sure to review the lesson titled Rape Shield Laws: Definition & History. Below are examples of what's reviewed in this lesson:

  • The Violence Against Women Act of 1994
  • Discrediting a witness
  • What the Victimization Survey reported