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Trends in Medical Research

Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 21 - 26

Acquaintance Rape among Adolescents and the Youth: A Fast Emerging Public Health Problem

B.R. Sharma


Researchers believe that college rape prevention programs, including the most widely used ones, are insufficient. Most rapes are unreported, perhaps giving campus administrators and police the false impression that current efforts are adequate. In addition, the police may be influenced by college administrators who fear that too strong an emphasis on the problem may lead potential students and their parents to believe that rape occurs more often at their school/college than at others. Understanding the factors that contribute to this problem can help to analyze the problem, determine effective measures of prevention, recognize key intervention points and select appropriate responses. Combining the basic facts with a more specific understanding of our local problem can go a long way in planning and implementing the school/college rape prevention program.

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