Victim-Perpetrator Relationship Characteristics and Perceptions of Personal Sexual Assault and Coercion Experiences

Title: Victim-Perpetrator Relationship Characteristics and Perceptions of Personal Sexual Assault and Coercion Experiences

Description: As many as 50% of women report having experienced some form of sexual violence within their lifetimes, with experiences of sexual violence frequently resulting in negative physical and psychological outcomes. The severity of these negative outcomes can be significantly affected by aspects of the victim-perpetrator relationship. However, little research has been done to identify how else victim-perpetrator relationship characteristics may affect the survivor.

The primary aim of this study is to investigate survivors’ perceptions of their own sexual assault/coercion experiences in relation to victim-perpetrator relationship characteristics. These relationship characteristics will include a) the length of time the survivor has known the perpetrator, b) how close the survivor feels to the perpetrator, c) whether or not the survivor maintains contact with the perpetrator, and d) the type of victim-perpetrator relationship (coworker, romantic partner, friend etc.). Three relationship characteristics specifically looking at romantic relationships will also be included (whether the relationship is casual or serious, satisfaction, and commitment). The investigated perceptions will fall into three domains: a) emotional reactions to the sexually assaultive/coercive event, b) allocation of blame, and c) the application of the labels sexual assault and sexual coercion.

Specifics: Study Population: Be sure to specify the regional population you are targeting in addition to other study characteristics. Participants will be women who have experienced coercive/assaultive events with male perpetrators. They must be at least 17 years old. They must speak/write in English. They will primarily come from North America, given the sampling methods used.

Participant Obligation: Participants must contact the primarily investigator for a link to the online study. They will answer several questionnaires and some qualitative questions. They can choose not to answer specific questions or to discontinue early.

Additional Notes: Compensation will either be $5.00 Tim Hortons gift card (for those who do not qualify or end the study early), or a $15.00 Tim Hortons gift card (for those who qualify and complete the study.

Location: Online - Windsor

Project lead: Frasia Margaret Morrison. Supervisor: Dr. Patti Timmons-Fritz

Study Dates: April 21, 2021 to April 21, 2022

Study Website: https://uwindsor.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5zKtljVAYlsRVf8