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Identifying the social problem of rape on campus: Responses from within the university


2000 2000

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Abstract (summary)

This study focuses on the topic of campus rape within the organization of a comprehensive public university.

Media attention, student movements and federal legislation have focused on the issue of rape on college and university campuses. The public has become increasingly concerned about this issue and campuses have been forced to mount a response by implementing policies and procedures which respond to rape within their communities.

This study looks at how one institution defines and combats rape. This investigation interviews a variety of participants (administrators, student service providers, faculty and students) within the university to see if those who share this community similarly identify and perceive efforts to eradicate rape.

Conclusions from this study reveal that there is much disparity among members on how they perceive rape and the university's anti-rape policies and programs. Much of the disparity is attributable to gender and some to position within the institution. Also examined was the impact of federal legislation on members' perceptions of campus rape and institutional liability. Environmental, victim support, education and administrative considerations are examined in how members' view anti-rape policies. The academic environment and its distinctiveness is also explored in how it may obscure efforts to come to a consensus on defining and ameliorating rape.

Several specific recommendations are offered, but this research does not put forth sweeping or simple solutions. Understanding that rape is a contentious, and at time, ambiguous, event may be the first step in responding effectively to the issue of rape on campus.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Criminology;
Higher education;
School administration
Classification
0627: Criminology
0745: Higher education
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, Campus, Rape, Social problem, University
Title
Identifying the social problem of rape on campus: Responses from within the university
Author
Lohmann, Janet Karen
Number of pages
164
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 61/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599844704, 0599844701
Advisor
Fisher, Gene
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9978522
ProQuest document ID
304609208
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304609208
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