Sexual Assault and Abuse: Changes in Spirituality and Well-Being Among Victims

Charles O. Ochie, Albany State University
Adansi Amankwaa, Albany State University
Melissa Harrell, Albany State University

Literature suggests that religious faith can enhance a person's ability to cope with negative life events and that negative life events can cause enhanced religious faith. This study examines the extent to which victims of sexual assault report changed role for spirituality in their lives after asssault and the extent this tendency is related to change in subjective well-being, recovery or coping from assault. Questionnaires were sent to forty sexual assault centers throughout the State of Georgia, and data are being analyzed, but preliminary results show some confirmation that negative life event such as sexual assault can cause increased reliance on religious faith for coping and recovery process.

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