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"I've Never Told Anyone": A Qualitative Analysis of Interviews With College Women Who Experienced Sexual Assault and Remained Silent.

Authors
  • Caron, Sandra L1
  • Mitchell, Deborah1
  • 1 University of Maine, Orono, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
9
Pages
1987–2009
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211022766
PMID: 34160320
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the decision made by some college women who are raped to tell no one. In-depth interviews were conducted with 15 college women between the ages of 19-24 who had never shared their sexual assault with anyone prior to speaking to the researchers. This study provides a systematic investigation of the factors underlying women's decisions to remain silent. The knowledge and understanding gained from these in-depth interviews offer insight for individuals and institutions to support these students and for the development of future efforts encouraging women survivors to tell someone.

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