Effective Coping Interventions for Victims of Rape and Sexual Coercion

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Paris, Kristina Nicole
interventions and coping with sexual assault; Child Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Counseling; Counseling Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Other Social and Behavioral Sciences; Social Work
thesis / dissertation description
Rape and non-consented sexual activities among women is increasing. Although very few perpetrators are a stranger to the victims, a large percentage of them are known. For example, relatives, family members, family friends, and neighbors. This study focuses on individuals who provide services to victims that were sexually assaulted. It also focuses on coping interventions that are found to be effective in the stabilization process. Sexual Assault Crisis Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Interns (MFTI’s) were interviewed in order to collect data for this study. An interview guide was given to assist with guiding the recorded interview. Completing the interviews allowed the researcher to analyze the data. The researcher and a supervising faculty adviser determined which interventions were most effective when helping women cope with sexual assault.