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The use (and misuse) of data on rape: restoring sexual assault to the national agenda

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Anti-rape activists need to better understand the agendas that propel this campaign, be more aware of the effort's aims, and take more effective steps to combat this deliberate campaign of misinformation. The overall goal of this paper is to address some of the issues relevant to the controversy over rape statistics. The controversy over the prevalence of rape is explored in this paper in four sections. The first section will examine current trends in rape prevalence. The second and third sections discuss the fuel for the argument that there is a false rape crisisÑwhat we refer to as the Rape Denial CampaignÑand the main attack strategies. Finally, the fourth section describes suggestions for combating the Rape Denial Campaign in order to return the issue of combating rape, rather than combating the existence of rape, to the national agenda.