Sexual Assault Research: Victims’ Experiences

Kinsey Institute faculty’s research on victims’ experiences of sexual assault elucidates:

(1) the prevalence of sexual assault,

(2) common contexts for sexual assault,

(3) how sexual assault impacts victims, and

(4) how we can better help and support victims in recovering after sexual assault experiences.

Selected Publications

Artime, T. M., McCallum, E., & Peterson, Z. D. (2014). Men’s acknowledgement of their sexual victimization experiences. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15(3), 313-323.

Canan, S. N., Haus, K. R., Wiersma-Mosely, J. D., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2023). Familial support and reporting to their families: A two-sample study of LGBT sexual violence. LGBTQ+ Family: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 19(1), 54-69.

Canan, S.N., Kaplan, A., & Jozkowski, K.N. (2022). Comparing rates of sexual assault between panel quota and social media samples containing an overrepresentation of lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37 (21-22),

Canan, S. N., Kaplan, A., & Jozkowski, K.N. (2022). A national U.S. study of 906 women’s qualitative accounts of their own reactions during sexual assault. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Online ahead of print.

Holloway, J., Klein, T., Wiersma-Mosley, J.D., Jozkowski, K. N., Terrell, A., & James, L. (2022). Experiences of sexual assault and rape among college students with disabilities. Journal of American College Health. Online ahead of print. http:///

Kern, S. G., & Peterson, Z. D. (2021). Negative cognitions following distressing unwanted sex: The role of coercion severity and perceived consent. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(9-10), 4381-4405.

Kern, S. G., Peterson, Z. D., Jozkowski, K. N., & Gerstein, E. (2022). Psychological symptoms associated with sexual victimization experiences: Differences as a function of the type and number of sexual acts and aggressive tactics. Journal of Sex Research. Online ahead of print.

Marcotte, A. S., Gesselman, A. N., Fisher, H. E., & Garcia, J. R. (2021). Women’s and men’s reactions to receiving unsolicited genital images from men. Journal of Sex Research, 58(4), 512–521.

Muehlenhard, C. L., Peterson, Z. D., Humphreys, T., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2017). Evaluating the one-in-five statistic: Women’s risk of sexual assault while in college. Journal of Sex Research, 54(4-5), 549-576.

Peterson, Z. D., Voller, E., Polusny, M., A., & Murdoch, M. (2011). Prevalence and consequences of adult sexual assault of men: Review of empirical findings and state of the literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(1), 1-24.

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