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Was It Rape?


Neil Gilbert, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, and Bernice Sandler, Senior Scholar in Residence, National Association for Women in Education, offer differing opinions as to the true extent of the problem of sexual assault in the United States. Gilbert charges that an overly broad definition of sexual assault has resulted in as exaggeration of the problem in this country; Sandler claims just the opposite is true. Both present compelling arguments as the basis for their viewpoints. Seminar participants reflect on the experts' opinions and attempt to find common ground in this sensitive area. This publication was produced as part of an ongoing seminar series, jointly sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for PublicPolicy Research (AEI), on “Sexuality and American Social Policy.”

  • Report: An Examination of Sexual Assault Statistics