Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Journey to justice: A critical analysis of sexual assault response on college campuses
by Quigley, Meghan Cailtin, M.A., Prescott College, 2013, 111; 1551266
Abstract (Summary)

Sexual assault on college campuses in the United States has been a major social problem for many decades, however, in the past few years, many colleges and universities have been under investigation by the Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights for the lack of policy and response regarding this issue.

Using the model of insider ethnography, this study looked to compile the experiences of campus sexual assault survivors. The intention of this study was to gather a collection of sexual assault responses, while also collecting ideas from survivors as to how they could have been better supported in the aftermath of being sexually assaulted during their college experience. Several themes emerged amongst the participants in this study: (1) Arrived at college having already experienced sexual assault or rape, (2) Sexually assaulted within the first semester of college and in a campus housing structure, (3) Two of the four participants reported the sexual assault to local and/or campus police, (4) All four participants were sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol, (5) The first person each participant told about being sexually assaulted was a friend, (6) Two of the four participants dropped out of college as a result of being sexually assaulted, and (7) Each participant expressed the desire for educational programming that differentiated sex from sexual assault.

This thesis is intended to serve as a platform and megaphone for survivors of campus sexual assault. The hope is to raise awareness around the intense reality of sexual assault that still exists on U.S. college campuses, in addition to providing suggestions for how campus administration might better respond to sexual assault in light of current research and the experiences of survivors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hammer, Zoe
Commitee: Clingan, Joan, Stern, Gail
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Criminology
Keywords: Campus, Gender inequality, Rape, Sexual assault, University, Violence
Publication Number: 1551266
ISBN: 978-1-303-68432-6
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