Pugh 2014 Reporting

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Author: Brandie Pugh

Title: Reporting Rape by Victims and Third Parties

Subtitle: Evidence from the National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2012)

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of Delaware

Year: Spring 2014

Pages: 67pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | U.S. History | Prosecution: Police, Reporting, Statistics

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Link: ProQuest (Restricted Access)

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Abstract: »Sexual assault is a pervasive problem in our society with evidence from the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS) revealing that one out of six women are survivors of rape. Despite increased efforts in rape reform legislation to increase reporting, rape remains the most underreported crime in America. However, reporting sexual assault may be the only way for the criminal justice system to address it. Thus the factors that influence reporting behavior are important to identify in order to adequately inform policy directed at improving reporting rates. The current research utilized the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data from 1992-2012, focusing solely on adult women (18 years or older) that experienced a completed or attempted rape. Most previous research has not distinguished between third party and victim reporting of sexual assault. This study seeks to address this gap in the literature, while also determining the factors that appear to be most important in reporting decisions. Logistic and multinomial logistic regressions will be utilized to determine which factors were prominent in predicting reporting in general, as well as third party reporting and victim reporting. Policy implications and directions for future research will be discussed.« (Source: Thesis)


  List of Tables (p. vi)
  Abstract (p. vii)
  Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter 2. Literature Review (p. 3)
    Factors Related to Reporting Rape to Police (p. 3)
    Incident Characteristics (p. 4)
    Contextual Characteristics (p. 7)
    Victim/Offender Relationship (p. 8)
    Victim Characteristics (p. 10)
  Chapter 3. Method (p. 17)
    Data (p. 17)
    Dependent Variables (p. 19)
    Independent Variables (p. 20)
    Analytical Strategy (p. 23)
  Chapter 4. Results (p. 26)
    Sampe Characteristics (p. 26)
    Bivariate Statistics (p. 27)
    Multivariate Analyses of Reporting Behavior (p. 28)
  Chapter 5. Discussion (p. 31)
    Limitations (p. 39)
  Chapter 6. Conclusion (p. 41)
  References (p. 44)
  Appendix A. Univariate Statistics (p. 50)
  Appendix B. Bivariate Proportions (p. 52)
  Appendix C. Predicting Overall Reporting Likelihood (p. 54)
  Appendix D. Multinomial Logistic Regression: Model 1 (p. 56)
  Appendix E. Multinomial Logistic Regression: Model 2 (p. 58)

Wikipedia: National Crime Victimization Survey

Added: November 1, 2014 – Last updated: February 14, 2015