lunedì 6 giugno 2016

Most American male college athletes admit to raping women

The survey report titled "Sexual Coercion Practices Among Undergraduate Male Recreational Athletes, Intercollegiate Athletes, and Non-Athletes," followed up on another research study published in 1995, showing that male college athletes were more likely to commit sexual violence on women than their other male college peers.

Sexually coercing meets the legal definition of rape, according to the researchers who conducted the study as cited in a Friday report by the UK-based daily Independent.
“We found that 54.3 percent of the intercollegiate and recreational athletes and 37.9 percent of non-athletes had engaged in sexually coercive behaviors – almost all of which met the legal definition of rape,” said Sarah Desmarais, a psychologist at North Carolina State University and co-author of the study, as quoted in the report.
Among the “sexually coercive” behaviors, the report adds, were making a partner engage in sexual activity without protection as well as using physical force or threats to commit rape.
Sexual assault on campuses – and in society more generally – is a serious problem that needs to be addressed,” said Desmarais.
“We wanted to look at factors that might be contributing to higher rates of sexual assault among athletes so that we could identify things that prevention programs could try to address, such as attitudes about women and beliefs about rape,” she added.
Desmarais further emphasized that the true sexual assault figures may actually be even higher, as the survey relied on men to be honest about whether they had committed rape.
“As high as these numbers are, they may actually under-represent the rates of coercion, since the study relied on self-reported behavior,” she underlined.
A total of 379 male undergraduates under the age of 23 from a public university in southeastern US participated in the online survey, 191 of which were non-athletes, 29 were intercollegiate athletes, and 159 were recreational athletes. The students anonymously responded to a variety of questions about their history of sexually inappropriate behaviors, as well as their beliefs concerning traditional gender roles and the nature of sexual assault.
The survey was originally released and published on May 30 in the journal Violence Against Women.
It’s a bias that's still common for many. High-profile cases have accused schools of protecting alleged accusers at the expense of victims and more than 100 colleges are being investigated by federal authorities for their handling of sexual assault cases. In the legal court system, the sentencing of a Stanford University student convicted of sexual assault drew public outrage when he was sentenced to only six months in jail out of a possible 14 years. His victim spoke publicly about seeing his swim times listed in a story about the assault.

In the aftermath of her assault, Koestner wrote a public letter about her experience, which she sent to a local newspaper. That letter got picked up by other media and her story went nationwide. She ended up on the cover of Time magazine and the nation began a new discussion about rape and consent. After her assault, Koestner began advocating for better awareness of rape and rape victims. Today, she still advocates with the Take Back The Night Foundation and on social media. 

You can read the full interview with Koestner at the BBC’s website.

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