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Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Experiences with Sexual Assault in College

Project Description:

Lesbian and bisexual woman are sexually assaulted at alarmingly high rates during college, but there is little research about their experiences of college sexual victimization. This project seeks to increase understanding of lesbian and bisexual women’s experiences with college victimization through a combination of surveys and open-ended interviews with 20 participants. Specifically, this study seeks to answer four questions:

• What are the characteristics of sexual assaults perpetrated against lesbian and bisexual women in college?
• How does college sexual assault affect lesbian and bisexual victims?
• How does college sexual assault alter lesbian and bisexual victims’ sexual identities?
• In comparison to past literature on heterosexual victims of college sexual assault, how are lesbian and bisexual women’s experiences different?

Research Assistant Role:

Research assistants will transcribe interviews and write memos about the recurrent themes they recognize. They will meet regularly with the principal investigator to discuss themes they have noticed and have the opportunity to learn generally about sexual violence on campus and its effect on queer women. Research assistants will also assist with preliminary data analysis based on themes identified by the principal investigator and their own interaction with the data.

Principal Investigator:
Nicole Bedera
Department of Sociology

Faculty Supervisor:
Elizabeth Armstrong
Department of Sociology

Primary Contact: Nicole Bedera

Average Hours Per Week: 6-9 hours

Credits Available: 2-3 credits

Number of Positions Available: 2