Posts Tagged ‘date rape’

Sexual Assault: How it Happens, What to Do

August 26, 2015
(Courtesey of The Campus Sexual Assault Study from The National Institute of Justice)

(Courtesy of The Campus Sexual Assault Study from The National Institute of Justice)

My letter to the editor in the New York Times discusses the issue of sexual abuse in relationship to the alleged assault that took place at St Paul’s.  Below I offer a more thorough discussion of the role of cognitive confusion in sexual abuse and what to do to help prevent it.

Update: Also see this post from the Harvard Crimson about a young woman’s sexual assault at a campus function.

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Binge Sex: How Kids Learn About Rape

October 22, 2013

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Is there an epidemic of binge sex?  Is there a week that goes by without a story about teens or young adults drinking way too much who end up in an encounter of unwanted sexual contact and rape?

In response to the recent onslaught of these stories Emily Yoffe’s post urged women to stop drinking. That provoked a reply from Soraya Chemaly who said that the males need to be told to stop binging and raping.  As a psychologist in private practice my experience suggests that Yoffe and Chemaly both have points. Yet blaming the kids doesn’t get to the source of this problem. Nor does the finger need to be wagged at parents or schools. Rather, it’s the people making lots of money off of binge sex who most warrant the scolding.

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