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Effect of Victim Attitudes and Behaviors on Sexual Assault Victimization Severity: An Examination of University Women

NCJ Number
Women and Criminal Justice Volume: 20 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2010 Pages: 239-262
Cortney A. Franklin
Date Published
July 2010
24 pages
This study examined violence against women and college campus sexual assault in particular.
The current study investigates a number of theoretically relevant victim characteristics to determine their impact on sexual assault victimization severity. Ordinary least squares regression analysis of survey responses from a sample of 204 university women indicated significant relationships between many of the variables of interest and increases in victimization severity. In particular, risk-taking behavior, delayed victim response strategies to sexual risk, increased number of lifetime sexual partners, and more frequent exposure to pornographic media significantly correlated with increasingly more severe forms of sexual assault. Future research directions and policy implications are discussed. Tables, notes, references, and appendix (Published Abstract)