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ERIC Number: ED293015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-10
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Is the Rape Rate Increasing?
Cameron, Paul; And Others
While it has been asserted that rape has increased in frequency over the past generation, part of this increase may be due to a greater willingness to report rape to the authorities. A study was conducted to examine the frequency of rape and to describe the characteristics of rape victims. A random questionnaire survey of 4,340 adults in five urban areas was conducted in 1983. The results revealed that 4% of men and 16% of women surveyed claimed to have been raped. When adjustments for comparability with population age parameters were made, it appeared likely that about 3% of men and 13% of women claimed to have been raped. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 years of both sexes reported having been raped about five times more frequently than did adults over age 55. Homosexuals of both sexes reported having been raped over three times more frequently than did exclusive heterosexuals. Women either reared as devout Christians or currently claiming to be devout Christians reported about three-fifths the prevalence of rape reported by irreligious subjects. Reports of rape were found to vary considerably as a function of individual and/or social psychology, sex, and age. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Arlington, VA, April 9-12, 1987).