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Sarah L. Cook & Mary P. Koss

In: Current Controversies on Family Violence

Chapter 6: More Data Have Accumulated Supporting Date and Acquaintance Rape as Significant Problems for Women

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More Data Have Accumulated Supporting Date and Acquaintance Rape as Significant Problems for Women
More data have accumulated supporting date and acquaintance rape as significant problems for women
Sarah L.Cook, Mary P.Koss

Since the first edition of Current Controversies on Family Violence was published in 1993, mounting evidence has documented the nature and scope of date and acquaintance rape. Yet, critics continue to disparage empirical data that underscore this problem. When Koss, Gidycz, and Wisniewski (1987) published an epidemiological study of sexual assault on college campuses funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), their findings startled the scientific community and the nation. Results indicated that, since their fourteenth birthdays, 27 percent of college women recalled an incident that met the legal definition of rape, ...

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