Social Reactions to Sexual Assault Disclosure: A Qualitative Study of Informal Support Dyads

Katherine Lorenz*, Sarah E. Ullman, Anne Kirkner, Rupashree Mandala, Amanda L. Vasquez, Rannveig Sigurvinsdottir

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Abstract

This interview study examined 45 informal support dyads where sexual assault was disclosed. Analysis showed social reactions and appraisals of reactions varied by relationship type (family, friend, significant other). Themes identified were role reversal or “parentification” of supporters, reactions of anger and aggression toward perpetrators, supporters using their own trauma experiences to respond to survivors, and reactions of betrayal. Results revealed the potential for identifying relational patterns and dynamics occurring in social reactions through dyadic analysis not otherwise captured by a survivor-only perspective. This approach helps understand and address distinct relationship contexts to improve supporters’ reactions to sexual assault disclosure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1497-1520
Number of pages24
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume24
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (AA #17429) to Sarah E. Ullman, Principal Investigator.

Funding Information:
The authors thank Mark Relyea, Liana Peter-Hagene, Meghna Bhat, Cynthia Najdowski, Saloni Shah, Susan Zimmerman, Rene Bayley, Farnaz Mohammad-Ali, Shana Dubinsky, Diana Acosta, Brittany Tolar, and Gabriela Lopez for assistance with data collection. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (AA #17429) to Sarah E. Ullman, Principal Investigator.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2017.

Other keywords

  • disclosure
  • qualitative dyad research
  • sexual assault

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