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ERIC Number: EJ950723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Sexual Revictimization Revisited: A Commentary
Gidycz, Christine A.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v35 n2 p355-361 Jun 2011
Since the early 1990s, there has been an increase in scholarly work and theoretical writing on the topic of sexual revictimization--particularly of women. The foundation for this work was set earlier when it was noted that rape and sexual assault were traumatic, more widespread than anyone could ever imagine, and many adult rape victims had histories of earlier victimizations. In the early 1980s, the author had the extraordinary opportunity to work with the leader in the field, Koss (2011). In this article, the author addresses why she wrote the two, now highly cited articles published in "Psychology of Women Quarterly": (1) "Sexual Assault Experience in Adulthood and Prior Victimization Experiences: A Prospective Analysis" (Gidycz, Coble, Latham, & Layman, 1993); and (2) "A Prospective Analysis of the Relationships Among Sexual Assault Experiences: An Extension of Previous Findings" (Gidycz, Hanson, & Layman, 1995). The original articles can be found at and Although the study of acquaintance rape victims was still in its infancy when they wrote the articles, there were a series of findings that had an impact on the author that set the context for these studies. This work laid the groundwork for and informed many of the further questions that she (and others) have sought to address in subsequent work. Collectively, the work has contributed to both a better understanding of sexual assault and its impact as well as informed strategies for prevention and intervention.
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Language: English
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