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Authors: Kate B. Wolitzky-Taylor, Heidi S. Resnick, Jenna L. McCauley, Ananda B. Amstadter, Dean G. Kilpatrick, and Kenneth J. Ruggiero

Title: Is Reporting of Rape on the Rise?

Subtitle: A Comparison of Women With Reported Versus Unreported Rape Experiences in the National Women’s Study-Replication

Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Volume: 26

Issue: 4

Year: March 2011

Pages: 807-832

ISSN: 0886-2605 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-6518 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

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


Link: SAGE Journals (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Rape affects one in seven women nationwide. Historically, most rape victims do not report rape to law enforcement. Research is needed to identify barriers to reporting and correlates of reporting to guide policy recommendations that address such barriers. We investigated the prevalence of reporting rape among a national sample of women (N = 3,001) interviewed in 2006. The study also examined predictors of reporting as well as barriers to reporting, concerns about reporting, and women’s experiences with the reporting process. Results demonstrated that the overall prevalence of reporting (15.8%) has not significantly increased since the 1990s. Differences were found between rape types, with rapes involving drug or alcohol incapacitation or facilitation being less likely to be reported than forcible rapes. Several predictors of reporting emerged in multivariable analyses. Implications for public health and public policy are discussed.« (Source: Journal of Interpersonal Violence)


  Barriers to Reporting (p. 808)
  Variables Associated With Reporting (p. 809)
  The Current Study (p. 810)
  Method (p. 810)
    Participants (p. 810)
    Measures (p. 810)
    Procedure (p. 812)
    Stastitical Analyses (p. 814)
  Results (p. 814)
    Prevalence of Reporting Rape and Concerns About Reporting (p. 814)
    Characteristics of the Most Recent/Only Rape (p. 815)
    Experiences With the Reporting Process (p. 816)
    Reasons for Not Reporting (p. 816)
    Predictors of Reporting (p. 819)
  Discussion (p. 821)
    Conclusions, Limitations, and Future Directions (p. 825)
  Appendix: Sexual Assault Interview Questions to Determine the Presence of a Rape (p. 827)
  Authors' Note (p. 829)
  Declaration of Conflicting Interests (p. 829)
  Funding (p. 830)
  Notes (p. 830)
  References (p. 830)
  Bios (p. 832)