Sexual abuse, fear of abuse, and politics

Steven A. Peterson, Bettina Franzese

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This paper explores the impact of experiencing sexual abuse, fear of sexual abuse, and knowing of someone who has experienced such abuse on individuals' political orientations and behavior. Data come from a piolt study of 240 student respondents. Findings reveal that abuse and fear of abuse are associated with increased efficacy, involvement, and participaiton. Reasons for the results are discussed as well as directions for future study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages17
JournalWomen and Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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