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In the following viewpoint, Allen contends that rap music is not responsible for violence in the black community. Rather than causing violence, Allen maintains, rap music gives blacks a method of expressing and criticizing the violence and racism they experience in their lives every day. As you read, consider the following questions: 1. What evidence does the author present to support his contention that alcohol is responsible for violence against Blacks? 2. What is the number one problem for Blacks, according to Allen?
60 Sexual Violence Frontmatter 3/2/04 11:05 AM Page 61 These explanations are highly speculative. They also demean the judgment, functioning. and self-possession of young women. It is hard to imagine that so many college women, even if sexually inexperienced, were unable to judge if their sexual encounters were consensual. As for the victims blaming themselves and believing they might influence the man’s behavior if they tried harder the second time, Koss offers no data from her survey to substantiate this reasoning.
Gilbert believes that this definition of rape does not take into account whether or not the woman expressed lack of consent. ” Gilbert concludes that studies like Russell’s and Koss’s inflate rape statistics, encouraging the public to believe that sexual violence has reached epidemic proportions. While researchers agree that the problem of rape must be seriously addressed, they disagree about the incidence of sexual violence. Commentators present debate on this difficult issue in the following chapter.