Date of Award
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Amanda K. Gilmore, PhD
Ruschelle M. Leone, PhD
Shannon Self-Brown, PhD
Sexual assault victimization occurs at high rates among the college population in the United States. Forms of sexual assault can include rape, unwanted touching, or forcing a victim to perform sexual acts. Sexual assault victimization disproportionately impacts sexual and racial/ethnic minority individuals. This study examined potential differences in the association between sexual assault and risky sexual behavior (i.e., alcohol use prior to sex and condom use) based on minority status (i.e., race/ethnicity and sexual orientation). Secondary data were collected from a study conducted at a university in the Southwestern region of the United States. A total of 399 college-aged participants were included in the study. Hierarchical linear regressions were performed separately for alcohol use prior to sex and condom use. Results revealed a significant association between sexual assault victimization and risky sexual behavior. The interaction between sexual assault victimization and minority status on alcohol use prior to sex was significant. This finding indicated that the association between sexual victimization and alcohol use prior to sex was positive and significant among sexual and racial/ethnic minorities. The association between sexual victimization and alcohol use prior to sex was non-significant among White, non-Latinx, cisgender, heterosexual participants. These findings contribute to the literature available addressing sexual assault victimization among minority populations. Future sexual assault prevention programming should be sure to discuss treatment for victims with the inclusion of minority populations.
Umo, Idara, "Sexual Behavior after Sexual Assault: Differences Based on Racial Identity, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2021.
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