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Study Says More Than Half of All College Athletes Have a History of 'Rape'

Of course, the claim relies on refusing to draw distinctions between violence, coercion, and persuasion.

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"Half of male college athletes admit history of 'sexually coercive behavior such as sexual assault, rape," Medical Daily reported. The article refers to a new study published in the journal Violence Against Women, which compares "sexual coercion practices among undergraduate male" students who participate in recreational athletics, intercollegiate athletics, or no college athletics programs.

"Prior research shows that male intercollegiate athletes are at risk for perpetrating sexual violence," write the researchers, lead by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fellow Belinda Rose-Young, in the study abstract. "Our analyses showed significant differences between the responses of athletes and non-athletes for all dependent variables, and intercollegiate and recreational athletes on attitudes toward women and the prevalence of sexual coercion." 

Of the 379 respondents, all male undergrads, 191 were non-athletes, 29 played intercollegiate sports, and 159 were what the researchers termed "recreational" athletes. "We found that 54.3 percent of the intercollegiate and recreational athletes and 37.9 percent of non-athletes had engaged in sexually coercive behaviors – almost all of which met the legal definition of rape," study author Sarah Desmarais said. But its unclear what definition of rape she's talking about—certainly not the one prevalent throughout America. As far as I'm aware, no state defines "rape" as mere "insistence" that a hesitant partner have sex. 

While athletes were more likely than non-athletes to report engaging in some form of sexual coercion, very few copped to using force or threats. The overall number of respondents who claimed to have "use forced (like hitting, holding down, or using a weapon)" to make a partner have sex" was 20, including 18 athletes; for oral or anal sex, 17 respondents, 16 of them athletes, responded affirmatively.  The number who reportedly "used threats to make [a] partner have sex" or oral sex was 18 students (all athletes) and 19 students (all but one athletes), respectively.

If all of the individuals who say they used forced to obtain sex were different than those who used force to obtain oral or anal sex, and all of these individuals were different than the ones who used threats, we're looking at around 19.5 percent of all the young men surveyed. If we assume totally overlapping populations in these categories, however, we're looking at around 5 percent.

If we assume overlap among athletes in these categories, we're looking at around 9.5 percent who report using some sort of force or threats to obtain sexual activity. Even if we assume all those who used threats are different than those who used force, and so on—which seems highly unlikely—we arrive at a maximum of around 37 percent of student athletes who admit to the legal definition of rape or sexual assault, not 54 percent.  

I wouldn't say these results are exactly encouraging. But they also don't show that almost half of all college athletes are rapists, as quite a few media outlets reported. It's also important to note that all respondents came from one school, an unnamed public university in the southeastern U.S., and only 29 played on the school's official sports teams. 

"We don't know how representative these findings are," Desmarais told Medical Daily. "The reality is that we are limited to a sample that self-selected to participate in the study and were willing to disclose this information." 

The majority of respondents who reported engaging in some form of sexual coercion say it did not involve the use of force or threats. It's unclear from the wording of the survey questions what exactly coercion means in this context; researchers simply asked whether students had ever "insisted on sex" when a partner "did not want to (but did not use physical force)"—a category that could include simply trying to talk or nag a reticent partner into getting it on. To this vague question, 111 respondents—including 60 athletes—replied yes; 101 respondents said the same for oral or anal sex. In addition, a total of 108 students (including 74 athletes) responded yes when asked if they have ever "made" a partner "have sex without a condom" without using force. 

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  1. Oh for the love of…

  2. Remember when you were a kid, and you’d get questionnaires for some study on teen drug use? And remember how you’d fill it out and say that you were fucked up 24/7 on heroin and cocaine and shit, because it was funny to fuck with their results?

    That popped into my head for some reason. Dunno why. Weird.

    1. That is what I think about with respect to these studies as well. I was fucking hoes and huffing glue at the tender age of nine! NINE!

      1. Self-reported surveys of this kind are basically worthless. The researchers can’t do anything about the respondents lying to them like I always did and selection bias is unavoidable. And in this case, the sample size is pitifully small. At best, the survey tells you about the researchers’ biases.

      2. I was fucking hoes and huffing glue at the tender age of nine! NINE!

        I believe that to be literally true…

    2. There’s nothing more reliable in this world than an anonymous questionnaire filled out by a 15 yr old boy.

    3. Don’t forget the possibility that some of those “rapes” may be being reported by white knights who want to ensure that the seriousness of rape among athletes is accurately represented.

    4. Actually, you don’t have to go that far. If you look at the table, the answers that goose these results are all the “no force” answers. So, it pretty much means that more than half are rapists, if you count things that aren’t rape.

      1. From the link: Other research has shown that men and women of all ages, even those in law enforcement, continue to believe in these myths wholeheartedly.

        Or perhaps most people just disagree with the SJW dogma?

    5. That popped into my head for some reason.

      Probably because you’re a cis-hetero male shitlord! Don’t you know that women never lie about being raped, while men lie about being rapists all the time. If they didn’t lie, then the results would show that 98% of men and 100% of all cis-gendered heterosexual men are rapey rapists!!1!!!!!!!!! /Jezebel

    6. Or, more recently, jenkem.

  3. Thank goodness this study re-enforced what I already felt.

  4. Allow me to be the first Reason commenter to be outraged by the fact that ENB explicitly, and I mean explicitly, approves of the study’s findings throughout her article.

  5. So are we talking rape-rape, grab it’s motherfucking leg imaginary rape, mattress-girl buyer’s remorse rape, Duke Lacrosse non-rape, or dudes snapping each other with towels in the shower?

    1. It’s all rape. Just playing a sport in which women would be unequal is sexist and sexist and inequality are forms of rape. It’s rape all the way down. Ban football now, support equality and oppose rape!

  6. I’m starting to feel badly that no one has raped me. Am I not desirable?

    1. Hey going by the definitions they are using in studies like this I’ve been raped at least a half a dozen times in my life and while I can’t say I enjoyed any of those instances they weren’t really a big deal either

      1. Heck, going by those definitions I’VE been raped two or three times (by girlfriends), and I’m a 240-pound male.

        Yeah yeah, I know. It only counts if a white male does it.

        Of course, if you take that study at face value, you don’t have a college rape issue, you have an athlete rape issue.

        1. It only counts if a white male does it.

          with most athletes – particularly in football and basketball – being black, the rape is barely occurring.

      2. Their standards could claim a virgin is a rape victim.

  7. “””journal Violence Against Women”””

    Sounds like a totally impartial journal

    1. I am sure it will be confirmed in a another study for the “Journal of Men are Scum”

  8. Study Says More Than Half of All College Athletes Have a History of ‘Rape’

    “Half of male college athletes admit history of ‘sexually coercive behavior such as sexual assault, rape,”

    Well damn. I clicked on this article expecting to see the study claim ALL the males were rapists as well those who identify as female but like to bugger the occasional boy in a public bathroom.

  9. These questions were poised to the Women’s Softball and Soccer Teams?

  10. The majority of respondents who reported engaging in some form of sexual coercion say it did not involve the use of force or threats.

    The lambada – the forbidden dance – may not use your simplistic notions of “force”, or “threats”…. but it likewise cannot be resisted.

    And we use it because it you want us to use it. Do not lie.

    1. The lambada

      What’s Lambda Lambda Lambda, chopped liver?

      1. NEEERRRRRRRDDDDDSSSSS!!!1!!!!!!! /Ogre

  11. If having to convince a hesitant woman to have sex with you is rape, then every single non-virgin man on the face of the fucking planet should be in jail. That is some feminists’ dream scenario after all, so maybe that is the actual point of this. I think I finally figured out the feminists’ Final Solution, guys.

    1. Sorry, I forgot calling a group of people “guys” has now been deemed sexist. Is that verbal rape? Did I just rape somebody? I’ll just lock myself up.

    2. This. I’d love to see the questions they asked. I would put some money on them being leading.

      Q: Have you ever tried to have sex with a member of the opposite sex?
      Q: If they said no did you try to convince them or did you go back to your room and watch Netflix like a loser?

      YOUR A RAPIST!

    3. Attempting to convince anyone of anything should be considered a crime.

    4. I was a college athlete. Does begging fit the definition of coercion? If so, I am guilty.

    5. “If having to convince a hesitant woman to have sex with you is rape,”

      No. It’s “marriage.”

  12. ENB rapes my soul with the prose she spits forth.

  13. Is there a reason the pic shows Alabama players? Shouldn’t it be a pic of Baylor players?

    1. Conclusion: ENB is a secret Auburn supporter.

      1. All you college name-droppers. What’s the School of Hard Knocks, chopped liver?

        1. *cough*Vanderbilt*cough*

  14. Of course, the claim relies on refusing to draw distinctions between violence, coercion, and persuasion.

    I’d show you my shocked face, but it’s broken from over use. /sarc

  15. Isn’t physical force sort of the hallmark of rape?

    1. baby, you know you want this….

  16. So, when it comes to campus rape in general, I think the hype is overinflated.
    However … when your talking about college athletes, that is one area where I am not surprised.
    It’s something that is the unspoken thing in all of the discussions about college “rape culture”. The fact that it’s not just any guys on campus. It’s not the nerds in the engineering department. It’s not the guys studying physics. It’s specifically athletes. And particularly football and basketball players. Not to say that its a “rape culture” exactly. It’s more of a culture among these guys of an expectation that ALL girls want to, and should, have sex with them. But it sets a certain tone of sexual expectation that can lead these kinds of star athlete guys to feel entitled to sex. And THAT’s where you get these campus rape incidents coming from. If you’re a drunk girl on campus, it’s not the engineering frat you have to worry about, it’s the frat with all the football players in it.

    And nobody wants to say it because so many people, stupidly, STILL treat college athletics like it’s the most fucking important thing about college. So many people are just inculcating in the culture of rooting for the football team, from the students to the administrators who make money off of it all. Nobody wants to admit that to the extent there is a rape problem, it is all about the culture of college football.

    1. Hmmm. I wonder what the correlation is between division 1 football and rape rape.

    2. I’d like to know how the study defined “student athletes.” Are they including all college sports, like swimming, tennis, fencing, wrestling, riflery; or just the contact team sports like football and basketball?

    3. Hey, I come from Penn State, and it was an open secret that Paterno protected his players when they misbehaved. No sanctions came the way of the football player who exposed himself to my sister, thanks to Paterno.

      And then Sandusy happened, and put Penn State on the map

  17. THEY RAPIN’ EVERYBODY UP IN HERE!

    1. You don’t have to come and confess.
      We lookin for you.
      We gonna find you.
      We gonna find you.
      So you can run an tell that.
      Run an tell that.
      Run an tell that.
      Home, home, home-boy.

  18. RE: Study Says More Than Half of All College Athletes Have a History of ‘Rape’
    Of course, the claim relies on refusing to draw distinctions between violence, coercion, and persuasion

    We must take this study as gospel.
    We should never question its methodology or motives by the people who have written this “research.”
    Otherwise the people who wrote this crap might lose their grant money.
    Nobody wants that.

    1. Only 2% of studies lie!

  19. For some reason coed dorms plus alcohol can lead to bad sexual outcomes.

    How many of these stories begin with “woman was blacked out at a party”?

    Blame the victim blah blah blah.

    1. The “victim blaming” mantra is the stupidest part of this.

      You’re not “blaming the victim” if you tell homeowners to lock their doors at night; if you tell Internet users to be careful with sensitive personal info; if you tell motorists to avoid parking their cars in dark alleys at 3 AM; if you tell pedestrians to cross the street when they see a guy in a hoodie with facial tattoos coming their way. So why is it “victim blaming” to give women advice to avoid the situations in which rapes typically occur?

      “Don’t drink too much, keep an eye on your glass, and stick together with friends” seems like pretty solid advice for any woman who drinks in a placed full of strangers.

      1. It is when the defense attorney uses it as an argument to get the client off. No defense attorney will ask the owner of the stolen car why he did not lock it properly. His client stole it, period. Use the same criterion for rape, and the argument will not arise.

  20. The SJW definition of rape now includes not proposing marriage after any sexual encounter.

    -jcr

    1. before. The word you were looking for is “before”. Not after. Before.

    2. Bullshit. By their definitions, most sex in marriage is rape.

  21. Gah! The numbers should be much higher. After all, PiV is always rape

    1. Where did you find that CRAZY ass shit!? Over the top, Bat-Shit-Crazeey!

  22. She used “sexually coercive” behavior when she quivered her chin to get what she wanted.

  23. What is the left’s goal in criminalizing all men as rapists if they won’t enforce existing rape laws against illegal immigrant rape of native citizens?

    Are we going to reach a state where we can freely call all men rapists as in, “Yo, wassup my rapist? How’s it bangin’?” and nobody ever gets prosecuted for rape (except perhaps select political opponents of the left)?

    Will it be a world where Bill Clinton will get a free pass for flying to Lolita rape island and Donald Trump will be prosecuted for improperly hugging Miss USA contestants across the shoulders?

  24. The libertarian case for “yes means yes”.

    Color me surprised….

  25. Progs hate athletic competition because it necessarily discriminates against helpless pussies and because it involves an actual “level playing field” where merit matters.

  26. Kathy Bates is a Muslim?!

  27. “Want to have sex?”

    “Not really.”

    “Please?”

    “Well…okay.”

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPEEEEEE

  28. Okay, so the header says this–

    Study Says More Than Half of All College Athletes Have a History of ‘Rape’

    But the article says this–

    Of the 379 respondents, all male undergrads, 191 were non-athletes, 29 played intercollegiate sports, and 159 were what the researchers termed “recreational” athletes

    So there were only 29 athletes surveyed. Guys who like to watch sports and maybe get out there and toss a ball around aren’t ‘college athletes’

    So, more than half of that specific 29 admitted to using force to get sex?

    The survey doesn’t say.

    1. How does one get 54.3% out of 29? There is a missing number somewhere.

  29. 74 of the reported incidents involved force or threat of force.

    321 of the reported incidents pretty much were just whining at their partner until their partner consented.

    Sure, “almost all of [the categories] met the legal definition of rape” but the VAST majority of reported incidents, 81.3%, were not in those categories. Basically if I make a poll that says: “Have you ever stabbed someone to death? Have you ever shot someone fatally? Have you ever had a pillow fight?” And out of 300 respondents I get 9 stabbings, 4 shootings, and 200 pillow fights, I can say I have a report of “Over 2/3 of people engage in acts of violence” and say that out of my categories of “acts of violence” that “ALMOST ALL of the categories covered the legal definition of murder!!” and that is all 100% true, but misleadingly seems like 2/3 of everyone is a murderer.

  30. 74 of the reported incidents involved force or threat of force.

    321 of the reported incidents pretty much were just whining at their partner until their partner consented.

    Sure, “almost all of [the categories] met the legal definition of rape” but the VAST majority of reported incidents, 81.3%, were not in those categories. Basically if I make a poll that says: “Have you ever stabbed someone to death? Have you ever shot someone fatally? Have you ever had a pillow fight?” And out of 300 respondents I get 9 stabbings, 4 shootings, and 200 pillow fights, I can say I have a report of “Over 2/3 of people engage in acts of violence” and say that out of my categories of “acts of violence” that “ALMOST ALL of the categories covered the legal definition of murder!!” and that is all 100% true, but misleadingly seems like 2/3 of everyone is a murderer.

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  33. No physical force, no threats, no rape.

  34. Why do you publish crap studies. You are always holier than thou about other media reports of studies, then you publish this shitty self selected drivel and pass it off as a study.

  35. When it comes to athletes, whether in college or not, there is a lot of looking the other way because handling it would involve losing the next game, or not playing at all, and people do not want that.

    I live in State College, home of the infamous Penn State. I had to listen to the comments of a lady who very much a fan of football speak despictively of Sandusky’s victims, and complain that the safeguards now being put in place hurt the game.

    Because the Game is Sacred, and if it requires human sacrifices, so be it.

    It did not start with Sandusky. My sister worked at the library as a student, and she had a football player expose himself. Nothing happened to him, because Paterno protected him. So, she knows that The Game requieres sacrifices of all of us.

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