Sexual Assault Is Experienced By Women

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Introduction College students are often believed to be a subpopulation at elevated risk for sexual assault, and although sexual assault is experienced by both male and female students, women experience significantly higher rates of sexual assault compared to men. (Krebs, Lindquist., Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007) Research also suggests that women in college are at a greater risk to be victims of sexual assault in comparison to women of comparable age in the general population. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000) Due to the higher rates of victimization, most research focuses on the sexual assault experienced by women on college campuses, however, there is some data concerning the sexual assault of men. Although this paper focuses on the sexual assaulted experienced by both genders, most research concerns the sexual assault of women, although data for men has been included when available. The definition of sexual assault used in this paper is drawn from The United States Department of Justice in which “sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy... fondling, and attempted rape.” (Sexual Assault, 2013) Definitions of sexual assault vary, in which some definitions include forced sexual intercourse, and some define forced sexual intercourse separately. However, the definition from The…
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