Portions of this article were presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 1989. The authors wish to thank Jane Hamel and Donna Gaisor, who assisted with the preparation of the tables for this manuscript, Holly Pinzone, who assisted with the statistical analyses, and Bruce Carlson, who provided statistical consultation. Data collection was supported by grant #MH 31618 to the second author from the Antisocial and Violent Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health.
A COMPARISON OF GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 325–342, September 1990
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Gidycz, C. A. and Koss, M. P. (1990), A COMPARISON OF GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 14: 325–342. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1990.tb00023.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
The experiences of 44 group sexual assault victims (multiple offenders, one victim) were compared with 44 individual sexual assault victims (one offender, one victim). Sexual assaults included various degrees of sexual victimization ranging from verbal coercion to rape. Participants were located from among a national sample of 3,187 college women. Group sexual assaults, compared to individual sexual assaults, were in general more violent, involved greater resistance from the victims, and were more likely to be perpetrated by strangers or relatives and to involve an experience which met the legal definition of rape. Group sexual assaults were less likely to involve multiple episodes by the same offender(s). Group sexual assault victims were more likely than individual sexual assault victims to seek police and crisis services, to have contemplated suicide, and to have sought therapy postassault. Despite these differences, the two groups were similar in the amount of drinking and drug use during the assault and their scores on standardized measures of psychological symptoms.