Rapists Who Don’t Think They’re Rapists
You know the guy who "accidentally" rapes women? The acquaintance who "misreads" the situation and "goes too far"? The longtime friend who genuinely thought you had consented, and is shocked when you tell him that, no, it was rape? Thomas looks at a study of 1882 college students who were asked four questions to determine if they had ever raped (or attempted to rape) anyone: 1) Have you ever attempted unsuccessfully to have intercourse with an adult by force or threat of force? Questions like these are bound to lead to underreporting—what guy is going to admit to forcing a girl to give him head? If a survey asks men, for example, if they ever “had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated (on alcohol or drugs) to resist your sexual advances,” some of them will say yes, as long as the questions don’t use the “R” word. Of the 120 rapists in the sample, 44 reported only one assault. What does this mean about our "accidental" rapists?
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