Date Approved

6-19-2005

Embargo Period

4-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Jeffrey, Linda

Subject(s)

Campus violence--New Jersey; Rape--New Jersey

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to conduct a survey about sexual assault at Rowan University and to compare the survey results with reports from the Rowan University Crime Incidents Log. Data were collected anonymously from 531 male and female students from the Glassboro campus of Rowan University. Twenty-two students indicated they were sexually assaulted on or off campus from 2001 to March 2005. Three off-campus victims reported to police. None of the on-campus victims reported the crime to Rowan officials. Based on the results of this study, 5.2% of female students and 1.8% of male students surveyed indicated they had been sexually assaulted on or off campus. The rate of sexual assault reported in the Crime Incidents Log may be a severe underestimation. Over half of the victims said they chose not to report the crime because they had been under the influence of alcohol or other drugs when the assault occurred. None of the victims sought or received counseling.

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