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Important book about an under explained subject
on 3 July 2011
I wanted to read a book about date/acquaintance rape, because I have often wondered how it seemed to be that so many rapes were perpetrated with no evidence of non-consent, and hence little chance of a conviction. There did not seem to be very many books written about the subject, and most of those seemed targeted at helping rape survivors. This book did a good job at answering my questions. I was worried while reading the foreword that it would not be dispassionate enough, but once the chapters actually started, I was reassured that the report was fair and properly backed up by the research. It contained a lot of sad case studies. I felt very sorry for the victims and angry at the perpetrators, who all seemed to act very cynically. The statistics were surprising and depressing - about 25% of female college students having been sexually assaulted and 15% actually raped. A lot of the girls were virgins when they were raped. The book was a result of a research project in the 80s, sponsored by an American magazine called Ms. A survey was carried at a number of American universities and colleges. However, the book does not relate only to college students. There were case studies of other types of women, for instance career women and older women. The book does seem a little out of date now. This was a time before mobile phones, and maybe some attitudes would have changed since then. Also it's a pity there doesn't seem to be a similar British book on the subject.