After having helped to organize the New York Radical Feminist Speak-Out on Rape on January 24, 1971, and the New York Radical Feminist Conference on Rape on April 17, 1971, Susan Brownmiller, an experienced journalist, spent four years investigating rape. She studied rape throughout history, from the earliest codes of human law up into modern times. She collected clippings to find patterns in the way in which rape is reported in various types of newspapers. She analyzed portrayals of rape in literature, films, and popular music. Brownmiller evaluated crime statistics from many different sources, trying to bring into focus a realistic picture of rape from the blurred mass of numbers. She collected personal testimonies and examined her own attitudes toward rape. She also scrutinized the traditional position of American liberals in supporting the rights of rape defendants and doubting the word of women who accuse them. Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape is the product of that research.