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NCJ Number: 213265 Find in a Library
Title: Examination of Sexual Violence Against College Women
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:March 2006  Pages:288-300
Author(s): Alan M. Gross; Andrea Winslett; Miguel Roberts; Carol L. Gohm
Date Published: March 2006
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the incidence of various forms of unwanted sexual experiences in a sample of college women.
Abstract: Since enrolling in college, 27 percent of the sample had experienced an unwanted sexual contact, including kissing, petting, and oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Over one third of these victims reported multiple forced sexual victimizations. These findings on the prevalence of sexual victimization are consistent with previous research results on sexual victimization among college students. Other findings indicated that African-American women experienced higher rates of sexual abuse than their White counterparts and that alcohol was more frequently involved in the unwanted sexual contact among Whites. The findings have implications for intervention programming that is concerned with tailoring efforts according to population characteristics. Participants were 903 undergraduate female college students recruited from introductory psychology courses and from sororities at a State university. Participants met in small groups where they completed a questionnaire developed by the Washington State University Sexual Assault Task Force for the assessment of unwanted sexual experiences. Statistical analysis techniques included a Fisher’s Exact Test. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims; Students
Index Term(s): Offense characteristics; Victims of violent crime
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