chapter  5
8 Pages

Investigating Sexual Coercion

ByDel Thiessen, Robert K. Young

This chapter analyses the scientific studies on sexual coercion published between 1982 and 1992 and classifies them according to theoretical concerns, and mechanisms. Rape and sexual harassment studies comprises of child sexual abuse and incest showing the lowest percentages. Majority investigations were focused on attitudes about rape, legal and policy considerations, and treatment of the victim. Women seemed more apt to publish on issues of sexual coercion. Young people are constantly exposed to political views of social interactions and are encouraged to report the most minor sexual infractions as major threats. The tendency is for students to believe that all sexual advances are sexual harassment, most harassment is covert, and date rape is a non-sexual power struggle. Two measures of a scientific area of investigation: the consistent application of strong inference, the sequential testing of alterative hypotheses, applying the Popperian strategy of falsifiability and the inevitable progression that comes as theories are constructed and hypotheses are developed and tested.