Date rape policies based on bad information, new study claims

November 24, 2015

By Marvin Harris at FOX Carolina

A new study challenges the widely accepted theory that most date rapes on campus are committed by serial rapists.

A 2015 study out of Georgia State University concluded that an overwhelming majority of college rapes are committed by men who are not serial predators, a misconception that has led to the systemic failure of rape-prevention policies.

“Although a small group of men perpetrated rape across multiple college years, they constituted a significant minority of those who committed college rape…" wrote Kevin Swartout, a psychology professor at GSU who headed the study.

The new study calls to question decades of government and university actions based on an inaccurate model, the study said.

“Exclusive emphasis on serial predation to guide risk identification, judicial response and rape-prevention programs is misguided,” he said. “To deter college rape, prevention should be initiated before, and continue during college.”

On college campuses, rape is the most common violent crime, and rapes are most often committed by date rape or by someone the victim knows as a boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, classmate or other relationship. Affecting 1 in 5 college women, rape most often happens the first two years a woman is on campus...

Schools: Georgia State University