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April 29, 2005

Little Theater, Quad 346, SJU

Don Turk, Communication

Sexual Assault Prevalence and Rape Myths in CSB/SJU Students

Data from several well-conducted research studies suggest that sexual assaults experienced by heterosexual females are highly underreported. It is well documented that many women (usually over 50%) who have been forced to have sexual intercourse will label their experience as something other than rape. Are these data trends generalizeable to females at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University?

When sexual assault occurs in a dating context, what types of attribution tendencies do our students have about the culpability of the perpetrator and the survivor? What type of response and sense-making is most common among survivors of sexual assault in our female student population? Is "victim-blaming" common among our male and female students alike? In this presentation, recent data from on-campus sexual assault studies will be used to address these and other important questions.