The most important lesson learned about interpersonal violence in the past 20 years is the astonishingly high prevalence of sexual assault in American society. The extensiveness of unreported sexual assault has been repeatedly documented through the use of self-report data from well-constructed surveys of victims and perpetrators. In contrast, little has been learned about how to effectively reduce rates of sexual assault perpetration. Theoretically derived universal prevention programs targeted at adolescents are sorely needed
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
This article provides a brief overview of central elements characteristic of research on sexual assault perpetration. Most importantly, Abbey discusses the degree to which perpetrators actually blend into society and cannot be easily pigeon holed (p. 40) and highlights the focus of prevention programs that target victims rather than perpetrators. Given some of the drawbacks of interviews and questionnaires, the author proposes computer-assisted interviews (CASI) as the methodology with the most potential for providing accurate estimates of sexual assault prevalence and perpetration.