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People, institutions, and events are viewed subjectively and labeled either good or evil according to the interpretation of the evaluator. Some people might consider the hit film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan as obscene, degrading, and offensive, while others view the same film as a laugh riot. The same interactions help define crime: ❚ The content of the criminal law and consequently the definition of crime often depend on human interaction and perceptions.

Many Indian women commit suicide to escape the brutality of their situation. S. rape rates were higher than those of any Western nation, but by 2000, Canada took the lead. Violence against women is related to economic hardship and the social status of women. Rates are high in poor nations in which women are oppressed. Where women are more emancipated, the rates of violence against women are lower. For many women, sexual violence starts in childhood and adolescence and may occur in the home, school, and community.

The Confl ict View of Crime The conflict view depicts society as a collection of diverse groups—owners, workers, professionals, students—who are in constant and continuing conflict. Groups able to assert their political power use the law and the criminal justice system to advance their economic and social position. Criminal laws, therefore, are viewed as acts created to protect the haves from the have-nots. Critical criminologists often compare and contrast the harsh penalties exacted on the poor for their “street crimes” (burglary, robbery, and larceny) with the minor penalties the wealthy receive for their white-collar crimes (securities violations and other illegal business practices), though the latter may cause considerably more social harm.

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