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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Sexual Violence, Coping, and Empowerment Among Chicana/Latina Survivors: A Dissertation Proposal

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Rates of rape are significantly high; at least 1 in every 5 women and 1 in every 71 men have been raped at some time in their life (Black et. al., 2011). Rates of sexual victimization are also high among U.S. ethnic minority groups (Caetano, Field, Miller, & Lipsky, 2009). One of the few studies to focus on sexual violence among Latina women found that 1 in 6 experienced sexual victimization in her lifetime (Cuevas & Sabina, 2010). Latinas also experience rape and sexual violence at the US/Mexico border, which is often described as militarized border rapes due to the “power” associated with the border itself (Falcon, 2007). Regarding this particular population, few studies investigate coping and resiliency following sexual assault for Latinas. Previous research that has been conducted has shown the detriments of sexual violence on mental health; however, little research is known about the Latina/o population overcoming and coping with sexual violence and rape. The purpose of this future study is to explore the relationship between sexual assault and coping and the impact the relationship has on the overall resiliency and empowerment among Chicana/Latina women within a feminist framework. Additionally, this study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process of participants who have experienced sexual assault (particularly at the US/Mexico border or en route to the U.S.) and the coping mechanisms that emerge as a result of those experiences. A collaborative partnership with a rape crisis agency has been established for data collection. The purposes of this poster are to present a review of the literature regarding sexual violence and coping among Chicana/Latina survivors and receive feedback for proposed methodology for a dissertation study. Feedback from this poster will be utilized and integrated into a final dissertation proposal.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST