Research suggests a considerable portion of sexually victimized women do not acknowledge their unwanted sexual experiences as assaults. The majority of the research on this topic has focused on rape acknowledgment, however this pattern holds true for other forms of sexual assault as well. The present study examined differences among university women with acknowledged, unacknowledged, and no histories of sexual assault. The groups were compared in terms of current psychological distress, the situational factors of the assault, the labeling of their assault, and the labeling of a series of sexual assault vignettes. Similar to studies examining only rape, unacknowledged victims of sexual assault reported clearer refusal, a more forceful assault, and more intense resistance. Unacknowledged victims were more likely to endorse a prior romantic relationship with their assaulter and a more recent assault. The groups displayed no clear differences in vignette labeling for the majority of the scenarios presented.
|Advisor:||Lynn, Steven J.|
|Commitee:||Levis, Donald J., Rourke, Patricia|
|School:||State University of New York at Binghamton|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Acknowledgement, College, Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual experience survey, Vignette|
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