May 14, 2012
Sociology senior Victoria (Tori) Olive published “Sexual Assault Against Women of Color” in the Journal of Student Research. Olive examined differences in women’s responses to sexual assault by race. The article developed out of research for Professor Mark Cohan’s class on gender and sexuality. “Socio-economic class and access to services in addition to race are factors that influence a woman’s response to sexual assault,” Olive said. Olive found much research on sexual assault among African American and Native American women and noted the efforts by advocacy groups to raise awareness among those populations. She noted, however, that data on Hispanic and Asian women is sorely lacking. She emphasized the need for additional research on the factors involved in reporting sexual assault among those populations. She also recommended that more data is needed on responses to pregnancy following a sexual assault. Olive also received the top award in the Seattle University Scholastic Competition, Social Sciences, 2011. She plans to go to graduate school at the University of Washington- Tacoma. The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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