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LOS ANGELES, Nov 7, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- June Bundy Csida of Los Angeles, who wrote a pioneering book about rape with her husband, has died at the age of 83.

Csida suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, the Los Angeles Times reported. A cousin told the newspaper that she died Sept. 29.

In the early 1970s, when Csida and her husband, Joseph, published "Rape: How to Avoid It and What to Do If You Can't," the crime was a taboo subject. In the book, the couple said they believed only 10 percent of sexual assaults were reported to police.

The couple were early members of the National Organization for Women and Csida played a key role in building the group in California.

Csida, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, became a Hollywood publicist and then went to work for Billboard magazine. There, she met and married the editor in chief.

Joseph Csida, who died before his wife, later became a record industry executive.

Csida also wrote "The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993" and with her husband, "American Entertainment: A Unique History of Popular Show Business."


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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