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Koss expressed full confidence that further review of the paper would reach the same conclusion: its findings are valid.
The dispute between Lisak/Hopper and Swartout/Koss may seem academic, but it has major implications for how the public confronts the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Lisak for instance, was interviewed as an expert witness for the 2015 activist documentary The Hunting Ground, which told the story of a handful of purported rape victims. Their attackers allegedly fit the model of the serial rapist—even though new information casts doubt on this assertion.
Koss worries that public health advocates who continue to buy-in to the serial rapist hypothesis are fixated on the wrong issue.
“They are going to end up with a policy that is directed at a much smaller proportion of the problem than what we had previously believed based on Dr. Lisak’s 2002 paper,” says Koss.
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