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Sexual Assault, Abuse, And Rape By College Athletes

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Sexual assault, abuse, and rape by athletes is a devastating crime.  These crimes by themselves are horrendous, but when committed by athletes there are many different factors involved.  Through extensive research this paper will show contributing factors that may result in assault, abuse, or rape by athletes.  Special treatment for athletes throughout their career, belief in sexual male dominance, and the role of alcohol are all important factors.  Other crucial factors are the attitudes and responses of: society, juries, victims, coaches, and athletes.  This paper will explore all these issues and show that changes need to be made in all the areas to combat the growing percentages of sport assault, abuse, and rape against women.

Sexual abuse by athletes is evident at every level, from high school team members to professional players.  In the last decade, some of the most noted athletes in big league sports have been accused of sexually abusing or attacking women.  In many cases, however, the woman decided not to bring it to public trial, and charges were dropped:

•  Gerald Perry, a Denver Broncos offensive tackle, was acquitted of a rape charge (but agreed to undergo counseling).

• Aaron Pryor, former junior-welterweight champion of the world was arrested and charged with rape and keeping a woman tied up for twenty-four hours.  The most serious charges were dropped.  Pryor pleaded to lesser charges, but will not have a criminal record.

• Two University of Colorado football players were charged with rape and were acquitted, but then left school.

• Tony McCoy, defensive tackle at the University of Florida, was arrested and charged with sexual battery for holding a student at knife point.

• Mike Tyson, heavyweight boxing champion, was found guilty of rape.

There are also many cases of gang rape.  In one case, the University of Minnesota basketball team was playing a game in Madison, Wisconsin.  A woman met one of the players and agreed to go back to his hotel.  Once there they were joined by two of his teammates.  They imprisoned her for three hours and repeatedly raped her.  The players were found not guilty.  In Glen Ridge, New Jersey, four high-school athletes, all of them former football teammates, have been charged with wielding a small baseball bat and a broomstick to rape a 17-year old slightly retarded girl (Ekanzi).

Male student athletes make up 3.3% of the population but are responsible for 19% of sexual assaults and 35% of domestic violence.  One in three college sexual assaults are committed by an athlete or athletes.  From 1995 to 1998 there were an average of one hundred sexual assault charges against athletes a year.  In 1995, 8.5% of the general population charged with a crime were sexual assault, 36.8% of crimes involving athletes were sexual assault.  The general population conviction rate is 80%, athlete conviction rate is 38%.(NCAVA)  Since not all rapes are reported we can assume that...

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