If It Wasn’t Rape, Was It Sexual Assault? Comparing Rape and Sexual Assault Acknowledgment in College Women Who Have Experienced Rape

Sapana D. Donde, Sally K.A. Ragsdale, Mary P Koss, Alyssa N. Zucker

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Abstract

The present study investigated (a) comparisons in rates of rape and sexual assault acknowledgment and (b) a comprehensive multivariate multinomial logistic model predicting rape and sexual assault acknowledgment in a sample of 174 college women who had experienced rape. Significantly more women acknowledged having experienced sexual assault than rape. Greater perceived perpetrator force was associated with increased likelihood of rape and sexual assault acknowledgment. Increased age and greater perceived emotional impact were associated with increased odds of rape acknowledgment. Implications for policy, education, and practice within university settings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalViolence Against Women
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • acknowledgment
  • college women
  • rape
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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