Ethics. Research. Community.

Barriers to reporting sexual assault for women and men: perspectives of college students.

Journal of American college health : J of ACH. 
55
(3): 
2006 Nov-Dec
157-162; 
2006. 
(English). 
[Record Source: PubMed]
The authors asked college students to rate the importance of a list of barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault among male and female victims. The authors' findings indicate that barriers prevalent 30 years ago, prior to efforts by the rape reform movement, continue to be considered important among college men and women. The barriers rated as the most important were (1) shame, guilt, embarrassment, not wanting friends and family to know; (2) concerns about confidentiality; and (3) fear of not being believed. Both genders perceived a fear of being judged as gay as an important barrier for male victims of sexual assault or rape and fear of retaliation by the perpetrator to be an important barrier for female victims.
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ISSN0744-8481