Correlates of Post-Assault Self-Defense/Assertiveness Training Participation for Sexual Assault Survivors

Leanne Brecklin, University of Illinois at Springfield

Past research has shown that self-defense/assertiveness training may have positive implications for sexual assault survivors. However, little is known about the correlates of self-defense/assertiveness participation for sexually victimized women. The present study examined the assault characteristics and experienes that relate to women's enrollment in post-assault training using data from 3,187 female college students. Victims with and without post-assault training were compared on assault characteristics (e.g., sexual victimization severity, offender aggression, victim resistance), victim perceptions of their assault experience (e.g., effect of resistance, feelings of fear and anger during incident), and post-assault experiences (e.g., disclosure, suicidal ideation). In addition, logistic regression analyses were run predicting whether or not victims took self-defense/assertiveness training after their assaults. Suggestions for the development of self-defense training programs for sexual assault suvivors are presented.

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