I’ve suspected for a long time that the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse are vastly underestimated. This study reports that college sexual assault is prevalent.
In an online survey about sexual activity and attitudes, more than half the men who played an intramural or intercollegiate sport reported coercing a partner into sex. Of the sexually coercive behaviors listed on the survey, including “I used threats to make my partner have oral or anal sex,” almost all met the legal definition of rape…
Young and a team of researchers at four universities also found that almost 38 percent of men who were non-athletes used verbal or physical pressure to engage in sex.
The scientists also found an association between admitting to coercive sex acts and endorsing two distinct attitudes: the belief in rape myths, such as “If a woman doesn’t fight back, it isn’t rape,” and traditional views of gender roles, such as “Women should worry less about their rights and more about becoming good wives and mothers.”