Alcohol, college students with disabilities, perpetrator, rape, sexual assault
Objective and Methods: The study examined sexual victimization among college students with disabilities (n = 187) using an online survey at a large southern university. Students reported one or multiple disabilities: physical disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities, with most students reporting more than one disability. Results: Overall, 71% of the sample experienced one or more types of lifetime sexual assault and/or rape, and 51% reported sexual victimization since attending the university. There were no significant differences in experiencing sexual assault and/or rape between students with one disability compared to students with more than one disability. Conclusions: Considering the high rates of sexual victimization among students with disabilities, and the dearth of research focusing on the context of sexual assault in this population, future research and research-based prevention initiatives are needed. Findings can inform future prevention efforts to address sexual violence among students with disabilities on campuses.
Jenna M. Holloway, Toby Klein, Jacquelyn D. Wiersma-Mosley, Kristen N. Jozkowski, Amanda Terrell & Laura James (2022): Experiences of sexual assault and rape among college students with disabilities, Journal of American College Health, DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2022.2057190