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Stories from the Yam: A Narrative Inquiry Centering Black Women Sexual Assault Survivors in Higher Education
by Tate, Leatra Brenell, D.Phil., Point Park University, 2019, 266; 28314444
Abstract (Summary)

The present qualitative narrative inquiry explored Black women’s experiences with sexual assault in higher education, focusing specifically on where they found support and their perceptions of campus and community connectedness. The theoretical frameworks used in this study include Black feminist theory, campus connectedness, and community connectedness. Using semi-structured interviewing techniques and content analysis of journal entries for eight self-identified Black women sexual assault survivors, this study sought to answer two overarching research questions: 1. What do the stories of Black women sexual assault survivors reveal about the ways in which they received support by their campus institutions, their community, and their interpersonal social networks? and 2. What do the stories of Black women sexual assault survivors reveal about their experiences of belonging and closeness to others at their campus institutions, in their community, and by their interpersonal social networks? The participants’ stories revealed four overarching themes, including navigating processes, reclaiming power, socialization of trauma, and self-definition through advocacy. Implications for centering Black women through a reimagining of Title IX processes that focus on restorative justice and creating more inclusive efforts for sexual violence prevention and intervention strategies in higher education are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schulz, Sarah
Commitee: Mathew, Sera, Acker, Lorraine
School: Point Park University
Department: Community Engagement
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Black studies, Womens studies, Higher education
Keywords: Black feminist theory, Black women’s sexual assault, Campus sexual assault, Narrative inquiry, Restorative justice, Sexual violence research
Publication Number: 28314444
ISBN: 9798557092289
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