Sexual Assault; Sexual Assault Disclosure; Race; Ethnicity; Disclosure Recipient; Informal Disclosure; Formal Disclosure


To date, most research on sexual assault disclosure has utilized samples composed predominately of White women (Fedina et al., 2018). As a result, there is a need for research that examines sexual assault disclosure within racially and ethnically diverse samples. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to examine whether survivors’ race/ethnicity is related to whether they disclose their sexual assault to others of the same and different races and ethnicities. The study recruited undergraduate college students from the UCF Psychology Department Sona System to complete an online survey that assessed history of sexual assault and disclosure of sexual assault (for those who endorsed a history of sexual assault). For the current study, the sample was restricted to students who had experienced a sexual assault since the age of 14 (n = 139). White participants were more likely to disclose to a friend of the same race than non-White participants, χ 2 (1, N = 139) = 11.80, p < .001, and more likely to disclose to a family member of the same race than non-White participants, χ 2 (1, N = 139) = 5.32, p = .021. Additionally, there are no statistically significant differences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic participants in disclosure likelihood for any type of disclosure recipient group. These findings suggest that research examining barriers of sexual assault disclosure in diverse racial and ethnic populations is needed.

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Thesis Chair

Newins, Amie


College of Sciences



Thesis Discipline

Clinical Psychology



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Open Access

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Orlando (Main) Campus