Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to explore whether the gender of a sexual assault survivor influenced to whom they disclosed the sexual assault. Previous research indicates that barriers to disclosure could differ based both on the gender of a sexual assault survivor and characteristics of the disclosure recipient. Examining how disclosure is influenced by survivor gender could help better identify which groups could benefit most from educational resources. Participants (n = 160) were college students who experienced a sexual assault in adolescence or adulthood. Disclosure to a range of different formal and informal supports was assessed. Findings indicated that male survivors were significantly less likely to disclose to female friends than female survivors. Both male and female survivors reported low rates of disclosure to formal support providers (such police, therapists, medical professionals). These findings suggest that both men and women who experience sexual assault are unlikely to report the incident to police and campus offices, and they are unlikely to disclose the incident to medical and mental health providers. Therefore, it is important that barriers to disclosure to formal support providers be examined in future research.

Thesis Completion

2020

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Newins, Amie

Co-Chair

Fisak, Brian

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

5-1-2020

Included in

Psychology Commons

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