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Title: Hidden Rape: Sexual Aggression and Victimization in a National Sample of Students in Higher Education (From Violence in Dating Relationships, P 145-168, 1989, Maureen A Pirog-Good and Jan E Stets, eds. -- See 118347)
Author(s): M P Koss
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Grant Number: MH-31618
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this study, behaviorally specific items regarding rape and lesser forms of sexual aggression/victimization were presented in a noncrime context to an approximately representative national sample of 6,159 (3,187 females and 2,972 males) college students.
Abstract: Data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual aggression were obtained through the use of a 10-item sexual experiences survey (Koss and Oros, 1982; Koss and Gidycz, 1985). A total of 15.4 percent of the women reported experiencing an act that met legal definitions of rape, and 4.4 percent of the men reported committing such acts. Incidents encompassed those experienced or perpetrated since age 14. The victimization rate for women based on these data was 38/1,000, 10-15 times greater than rates based on the National Crime Survey. Because virtually none of the victims or perpetrators had been involved with the criminal justice system, their experiences qualify as "hidden rape." 7 tables, 26 references.
Main Term(s): Acquaintance rape
Index Term(s): Dating Violence; Offense statistics; Self reported crimes
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