Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sarah L. Cook, Ph.D.
Layli Maparyan, Ph.D.
Erin Tone, Ph.D.
Sexual minority women have been repeatedly overlooked in violence against women research. As a result, we know little about the experiences and needs of non-heterosexual or gender non-conforming survivors. Given the paucity of information available on this topic, this study was exploratory in nature and used a phenomenological approach. Open-ended, unstructured interviews focused on the lived experience of surviving sexual violence and the impact that this experience has had on the survivors’ same-sex sexuality.
While a number of reoccurring themes generated from this project are well represented within the broad and well-developed canon of sexual violence research, participants also introduced features unique to LBQ and same-sex attracted women. Results from this project are intended to begin a long overdue dialogue about the needs of this understudied community of survivors.
Hipp, Tracy N., "Sexual Minority Women's Experiences of Sexual Violence: A Phenomenological Inquiry" (2012). Psychology Theses. Paper 99.