Coping with Acquaintance Rape

By Amy Bellows, Ph.D.

Some Facts about Acquaintance Rape

In 1993, a study was conducted at a large Midwestern University. The findings strongly implicated alcohol, fraternity membership, and athletes in acquaintance rape. The results come from 925 women, most of whom were between the ages of 18 and 21. Following are some of the findings:

27.1% of the college women had experienced sexual assault (sexual penetration by use or threat of force), attempted sexual assault, or sexual abuse without penetration; or had been subjected to battery, illegal restraint, or intimidation.

Most of these incidents took place during the women’s freshman year, when the victims were between 18 and 19 years old.

82.7% of the women said that the crimes had been committed by someone they knew.

55.3% of the women and 67.5% of male offenders had been drinking at the of the time of the incident.

47.6% of the male perpetrators of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault were in a fraternity, although only 25% of the men on campus belong to fraternities.

20.2% of the male perpetrators were members of a sports team or sports club, although fewer than 2% of men on campus belonged to an athletic organization.

 

APA Reference
Bellows, A. (2007). Coping with Acquaintance Rape. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 1, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/coping-with-acquaintance-rape/0001079
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