This White Paper’s thesis is that rape prevalence denial is a calculated strategy aimed at silencing rape victims and preventing successful rape prosecutions. Anti-rape activists need to better understand the agendas that propel this campaign, be more aware of the effort’s aims, and take more effective steps to combat this deliberate campaign of misinformation. The overall goal of this paper is to address some of the issues relevant to the controversy over rape statistics. The controversy over the prevalence of rape is explored in this paper in four sections. The first section will examine current trends in rape prevalence. The second and third sections discuss the fuel for the argument that there is a false rape crisis—what we refer to as the Rape Denial Campaign—and the main attack strategies. Finally, the fourth section describes suggestions for combating the Rape Denial Campaign in order to return the issue of combating rape, rather than combating the existence of rape, to the national agenda. The use (and misuse) of data on rape: restoring sexual assault to the national agenda, A White Paper Prepared for the CounterQuo Conference October 17-19, 2008
This Applied Research paper examines restorative justice for sexual assault from the perspective of survivors. A large international literature promotes restorative justice options as satisfying and empowering to crime victims.
In this issue of Connections, the focus is on sex offender management, which moves advocacy beyond the time of sentencing to the point where an offender is returning to the community. This work is, at heart, about supporting survivors and increasing community safety.
The article briefly discusses the data results gathered from interviews of women revealing that women who experienced any type of sexual abuse in their childhood were roughly three times more likely than unabused girls to report drug dependence as adults.
This article reviews the literature on college students’ sexual assault experiences. First, information is provided about the prevalence of sexual assault and alcohol-involved sexual assault among college students. Then theories about how alcohol contributes to sexual assault are described. After making suggestions for future research, the article concludes with a discussion of prevention and policy issues.
This short article discusses the importance of parents and other caregivers to understand what is "normal" sexual development and behavior in children and teenagers, and which behaviors might signal that a child is a victim of sexual abuse, or acting in a sexually aggressive manner towards others. The article also distinguishes between age appropriate and age inappropriate sexual behaviors.
This VAWnet Applied Research paper examines both single- and mixed-gender rape prevention and risk reduction programs, and provides suggestions for practitioners to design, implement, and evaluate programs.
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