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Citation

Du Mont J, Chertkow L, MacDonald S, Asllani E, Bainbridge D, Rotbard N, Cohen MM. J. Interpers. Violence 2012; 27(18): 3723-3738.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0886260512447577

PMID

22661122

Abstract

Research suggests that students experience high levels of sexual assault, but studies addressing how they differ in their experiences from other sexual assault victims are virtually nonexistent. To address this gap, information was collected from consecutive individuals, aged 16 years or older, presenting to one of 7 hospital-based sexual assault treatment centers in Ontario from 2005 to 2007. Of the 882 victims seen during the study period, 32% were students. Relative to other sexual assault victims, students were more likely to be aged 16 to 18 years and 19 to 24 years versus 25 years and older. They were more likely to be living alone, with family of origin, a partner or spouse, or a nonrelative than on the street or in a shelter or institution. They were also more likely to report having consumed over-the-counter medication in the 72 hours prior to examination. Student victims were less likely than nonstudent victims to report having a disability and having used street drugs. Implications for research, education, and practice are discussed.


Language: en

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