“NEW STUDY FINDS THAT ONE IN 10 MALE COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE COMMITTED RAPE”

“This week, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics challenged Lisak’s conclusion that most college rapists are repeat perpetrators. The study found that of the men who reported committing rape, only some 25 percent said they had done so over multiple years — in comparison with Lisak’s 63 percent. It also found that 10.8 percent of male college students — or more than one in 10 — reported having committed rape, in contrast with only 6 percent in Lisak’s study.
Of course, there are limitations to the new study: it was conducted at two universities in the southeast, the vast majority of participants were white, and the sample size was small…
Lisak’s finding appealed to the criminal justice-minded, suggesting that if we only separate the bad guys from the good, we’ll all be safe. And it allowed us to believe (foolishly, understandably, desperately) that it is in factpossible to separate the bad from the good. It individualized the problem — it’s just a few bad apples! — erasing its rootedness in a culture that normalizes and excuses violence, glorifies celebrity rapists, and criminalizes survivors. And, in so doing, it allowed us to let everyone who wasn’t Lisak’s rapist off the hook.”

Also, so chilling that it’s in JAMA Pediatrics.

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