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Title: Reducing Sexual Revictimization: A Field Test with an Urban Sample
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Author(s): Robert Davis ; Pamela Guthrie ; Timothy Ross ; Chris O'Sullivan
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America

Safe Horizon
United States of America

Harborview Medical Ctr for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 120
  Annotation: This report presents findings from a field test on the effectiveness of a workshop designed to reduce the risk of sexual revictimization among an urban sample of women.
Abstract: Results indicated that in comparison to a matched control group that did not receive the workshop intervention, the workshop intervention was not effective in reducing sexual revictimization among participants over a 6-month followup period. Specifically, the workshop did not raise awareness of risky situations or reduce self-blame for prior victimization. On the other hand, women in the intervention group did improve on measures of post-traumatic stress from the baseline to the 6-month followup assessment as well as on the measure of confidence in their ability to handle potentially dangerous situations. Participants were 84 previously sexually victimized women who were randomly assigned to participate in the intervention workshop or to a control condition with no intervention training. Both groups completed a series of questionnaires both prior to the workshop and again 6 months after the workshop. Questionnaires focused on knowledge of sexual assault risk factors, confidence in handling risky situations, attributes for past victimizations, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, behavior in dating situations, and sexual victimization. Data were analyzed using analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests. The discussion considers reasons why the intervention workshop showed no effect on revictimization risk, including measurement problems, a small sample, and a lengthy followup period. The findings suggest many avenues for future research, such as exploring adult learning principles more thoroughly and developing better measures of sexual assault attitudes. Tables, figures, footnotes, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims ; Victim program evaluation
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis ; Multiple victimization ; Victimization risk ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2002-WG-BX-0008
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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