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Authors: Lisa Fedina, Jennifer Lynne Holmes, and Bethany L. Backes

Title: Campus Sexual Assault

Subtitle: A Systematic Review of Prevalence Research From 2000 to 2015

Journal: Trauma, Violence, Abuse

Volume: Published online before print


Year: 2016 (Published online: February 22, 2016)


ISSN: 1524-8380 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-8324 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Types: Campus Sexual Assault


Link: SAGE Journals (Restricted Access)



Lisa Fedina, School of Social Work, University of MarylandResearchGate

Abstract: »Sexual assault is a pervasive problem on university and college campuses in the United States that has garnered growing national attention, particularly in the past year. This is the first study to systematically review and synthesize prevalence findings from studies on campus sexual assault (CSA) published since 2000 (n = 34). The range of prevalence findings for specific forms of sexual victimization on college campuses (i.e., forcible rape, unwanted sexual contact, incapacitated rape, sexual coercion, and studies' broad definitions of CSA/rape) is provided, and methodological strengths and limitations in the empirical body of research on CSA are discussed. Prevalence findings, research design, methodology, sampling techniques, and measures, including the forms of sexual victimization measured, are presented and evaluated across studies. Findings suggest that unwanted sexual contact appears to be most prevalent on college campuses, including sexual coercion, followed by incapacitated rape, and completed or attempted forcible rape. Additionally, several studies measured broad constructs of sexual assault that typically include combined forms of college-based sexual victimization (i.e., forcible completed or attempted rape, unwanted sexual contact, and/or sexual coercion). Extensive variability exists within findings for each type of sexual victimization measured, including those that broadly measure sexual assault, which is largely explained by differences in sampling strategies and overall study designs as well as measures of sexual assault used in studies. Implications for findings and recommendations for future research on the prevalence of college-based sexual victimization are provided.« (Source: Trauma, Violence, Abuse)

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