Melissa J. Himelein is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Nonconsensual Sexual Experiences in Precollege Women: Prevalence and Risk Factors
Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2011
1994 American Counseling Association
Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 72, Issue 4, pages 411–415, March-April 1994
How to Cite
Himelein, M. J., Vogel, R. E. and Wachowiak, D. G. (1994), Nonconsensual Sexual Experiences in Precollege Women: Prevalence and Risk Factors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 72: 411–415. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.1994.tb00959.x
- Issue online: 23 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2011
The authors of this study examined the prevalence of nonconsensual sexual experiences in dating situations among a sample of 330 incoming female college students. Results indicated that 38.5% of women reported experiencing at least one form of sexual victimization in dating, ranging from unwanted sexual contact to rape. Victimization was related to history of childhood sexual abuse as well as previous consensual sexual activity. Discussion focuses on the need for education and prevention programs during the secondary school years and counseling assistance for college-age victims.