Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault in Rural Ohio: The Contribution of Male Patriarchal Peer Support

Walter S. DeKeseredy, University of Ontario Inst. of Technology

Less than a handful of North American studies have examined separation/divorce sexual assault. Further, almost all of the limited empirical work on this topic, regardless of whether it is qualitative or quantitative, was done in urban areas. To help fill these research gaps, an exploratory qualitative study of separation/divorce sexual assault was conducted in rural Ohio. The purpose of this paper is to present findings showing how patriarchal male peer support contributes to a social problem that has thus far received selective inattaion.

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