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Chapter 7: Advocacy Research Overstates the Incidence of Date and Acquaintance Rape

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

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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