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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Advocacy Research Overstates the Incidence of Date and Acquaintance Rape
Advocacy research overstates the incidence of date and acquaintance rape

The Ms. magazine Campus Project on Sexual Assault directed by Dr. Mary Koss (Koss, 1988; Koss, Dinero, Seibel, & Cox, 1988; Koss, Gidycz, & Wisniewski, 1987) is one of the largest, most widely disseminated, and most frequently cited studies of rape on college campuses in the United States. Because it was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, this research effort was endorsed by a respected federal agency. Often quoted in newspapers and journals, on television, and during the 1991 Senate hearings on sexual assault, the study findings have gained a degree of authority by process of repetition. Most of the time, however, those who ...

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