Much is known about perpetration on campuses, and it is not a stranger wearing a balaclava jumping out of the bushes to accost a lone woman on her way back from Tuesday night study group. 80-90% of rapes in a college setting are by someone the student knows: a partner or ex, friend, classmate, etc.
Other risk factors for perpetration include: association with an exclusive all-male peer group; sexually aggressive peers; anger and hostility toward women; belief in strict gender roles; having high alcohol expectancies around sex; and being male.
Each perpetrator averages 5.8 rapes each,1 have well-honed and specific tactics of alcohol facilitation, coercion, and force, and do not consider themselves rapists--rather, they consider themselves talented.
If you have perpetrated, whether or not you are currently involved in a campus or criminal judicial process, it is time to take responsibility for your actions and to examine where those actions come from. While our society and media often condone and even reward aggressive and violent sexual behavior, the vast majority of people do not end up raping another human being. We encourage you to seek help.
- Harvard University Panel on Sexual Assault on College Campuses This forum, moderated by Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor for the Office on Violence Against Women, examined the prevalence, nature, and reporting of various types of sexual assault experienced by university students, including those perpetrated by "undetected" rapists, and discussed evidence-based prevention strategies.
- Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected College Rapists (PDF: 80KB/12 pages) In a survey of 1882 men on college campuses, 120 men self-reported acts which met legal definitions of rape or attempted rape. The repeat rapists averaged 5.8 rapes each.
UMN Program in Human Sexuality, Center for Sexual Health
Provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment for men and women involved in harmful sexual behavior.
- Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities are Doing About it This Department of Justice report shows that college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college-bound peers. It provides a comprehensive benchmark of sexual assault policy on US campuses.
- The B.E.S.T. (Be Equal, Safe, and Trustworthy) Model: Preventing Sexual and Domestic Violence with Parties Women Love This primary prevention model engages students, staff, and faculty in shaping one of the single most dangerous social environments on campus through party policy and practice changes that make it safe to have fun.
Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
MnATSA serves as an information portal on sexual abuse prevention and intervention for professional colleagues, policy makers and the public throughout the state.
- The Social Ecological Model The social-ecological model provides a framework for understanding those different influences of perpetrating sexual assault.
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