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Following Sexual Assault: Testing Theory-driven Predictors of Revictimization Among Diverse Women

Sunday, March 25
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: Logan

Following sexual assault, women are at high risk for revictimization. Drawing on ecological as well as betrayal trauma theories, we prospectively tested predictors of sexual revictimization in a diverse community sample of women (N=228; ages 18-63; 19% lesbian/bisexual; 44% ethnic minority). Women who experienced a sexual assault in the previous year that was disclosed to a formal support (e.g., counselor, medical provider, law enforcement) were recruited. For 78% of women, the sexual assault in the last year was rape; 28% attempted rape; 40% sexual coercion; 13% attempted sexual coercion; and 68% sexual contact (women could report more than one type of sexual victimization). Women were interviewed again 3-, 6-, and 9-months later. Over the follow-up period, approximately 35% of women reported a new incident of sexual assault. Variables derived from betrayal trauma theory predicted sexual revictimization during the 9-month follow-up period. For example, perceiving less betrayal in the original sexual assault as well as higher levels of dissociation predicted sexual revictimization. Implications of findings will be discussed in terms of revictimization theory/research, betrayal trauma theory, and interventions.   

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Anne P. DePrince

Professor
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado

Anne DePrince is a Professor and Chair in the Psychology Department as well as Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). Her research focuses on how individual characteristics as well as interpersonal, community, and spatial contexts relate to violence/abuse exposure as well as clinical symptoms and interventions. The co-editor of three volumes on trauma and violence and an author of more than 80 articles, she is active in national and international professional organizations addressing trauma and violence. She currently serves as an Editor for the Trauma Books Series, the book series of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) for the American Psychological Association. She also serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She has received research funding from the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Mental Health. DePrince received the 2005 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for advancing the social understanding of trauma as well as the 2015 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact. In April 2016, her research was recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes with the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award for her contributions to the nation’s understanding of crime victims’ issues. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon and clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.

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