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Understanding Sexual Violence Perpetration

William H. Goodson III, MD1
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1California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, San Francisco
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):580-581. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5405.
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To the Editor It seems unlikely that the 9% of adolescents reported by Ybarra and Mitchell1 to have coerced sex, or to have attempted or completed rape, made a conscious decision to commit a felony. It is more likely that they made excuses for their behavior because they had not fully understood the lesson that any penetration of the body of a girl (or boy) without free consent is rape—consent being valid only if she or he is capable of giving consent. Somehow, they convinced themselves that the rules did not apply to them.


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June 1, 2014
Elizabeth Reed, ScD, MPH; Jhumka Gupta, ScD, MPH; Jay G. Silverman, PhD
1Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
2Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):581. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5408.
June 1, 2014
Michele L. Ybarra, MPH, PhD; Kimberly J. Mitchell, PhD
1Center for Innovative Public Health Research, San Clemente, California
2Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):581-582. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5411.
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