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Empirically Enhanced Reflections on 20 Years of Rape Research

Koss, Mary P.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 20(1):100-107.

Using PsychInfo review of rape and sexual assault publications, the period of greatest
fertility coincided with the establishment (1975) and demise (1987) of the
National Center for the Prevention and Control of Rape. To document what has been
learned and when, the era in which new rape concepts entered the literature is summarized
and important developments highlighted. Then, new investigations that are
urgently needed are elaborated. The author expresses concern that current federal
investment is insufficient to sustain and expand a science workforce adequate to the
tasks ahead. Since 1995, more than $1 billion have been awarded to prosecutors, law
enforcement, and community agencies to assist victims of violence. In contrast,
between 1996 and 2003, only 14 of 178 (7%) of investigator-initiated grants funded
by the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for
violence against women had titles pairing the word sexual with assault, violence,
abuse, or rape.


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