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Acquaintance rape -- United States; Women college students -- Crimes against -- United States;


One of the issues colleges and universities have had to face in recent years is the growing problem of sexual assault on their campuses. Koss (1988) found that 27% of college women surveyed in a national sample of 6,159 students enrolled in 32 colleges and universities across the country were victims of sexual assault. Rape, forced oral or anal intercourse, and/or sexual experiences in which intercourse is not involved are included within the definition of sexual assault. Rape, in its broadest sense, is ''the act of physically forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse" (Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, 1989, p. 1191 ). Rape occurs under at least three circumstances. These include: (1) stranger rape, in which the victim does not know the assailant; (2) acquaintance rape, in which the victim and assailant know each other; and (3) date rape, in which the assault takes place when the victim and assailant are on a date (Koss & Harvey, 1991 ).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Larry Keig


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