Abstract

Sexual assault on college campuses is a pervasive issue that continues to affect women from a variety of backgrounds. Unfortunately, the narratives of women of color, especially black women are often marginalized even though data shows that they tend to be more susceptible to sexual assault. Using survey questions concerning traditional gender roles, and situations of sexual assault (while considering race and gender), this study will measure the attitudes of 300 college-aged individuals. Data will be analyzed using an ANOVA test to study the combined effects that race and gender may have on the respondents’ perception of victims. Historically, African American/black women have faced unique stereotypes about their sexuality that dehumanizes and normalizes sexual aggression towards them. This study aims to explore perceptions about sexual assault as it relates to college-age black women and expand the scope of research currently being done on victimization.

Thesis Completion

2017

Semester

Summer

Thesis Chair

Hinojosa, Melanie

Co-Chair

Reckdenwald, Amy

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Sociology

Degree Program

Sociology

Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Language

English

Access Status

Campus Access

Length of Campus-only Access

3 years

Release Date

August 2020

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