Sexual Victimization of College Women

1. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone made you have sexual intercourse by using force orthreatening to harm you or someone close to you? Just so there is no mistake‚ by intercourse I mean putting a penis in your vagina.
2. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone made you have oral sex by force or threat of harm? By oral sex‚ I mean did someone’s mouth or tongue make contact with your vagina or anus or did your mouth or tongue make contact with someone else’s genitals or anus.
3. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone made you have anal sex by force or threat of harm? By anal sex‚ I mean putting a penis in your anus or rectum.
4. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone ever used force or threat of harm to sexually penetrate you with a foreign object? By this‚ I mean for example‚ placing a bottle or finger in your vagina or anus?
5. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone attempted but not succeeded in making you take part in any of the unwanted sexual experiences that I have just asked you about? For example‚ did anyone threaten or try but not succeed to have vaginal‚ oral‚ or anal sex with you or try unsuccessfully to penetrate your vagina or anus with a foreign object or finger?
6. Not counting the types of sexual contact already mentioned‚ have you experienced any unwanted or uninvited touching of a sexual nature since school began in the Fall? This includes forced kissing‚ touching of private parts‚ grapping‚ fondling‚ and rubbing up against you in a sexual way‚ even if it is over your clothes. Remember this could include anyone from strangers to people you know well. Have any incidents of unwanted or uninvited touching of a sexual nature happened to you since school began in the Fall?
7. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone attempted or threatened but not succeeded in unwanted or uninvited touching of a sexual nature?
I have been asking you about unwanted sexual contact that involved force or threats of force against you. Sometimes unwanted sexual contact may be attempted using threats of nonphysical punishment‚ promises of rewards if you complied sexually‚ or simply continual verbal pressure.
Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone made or tried to make you have sexual intercourse or sexual contact when you did not want to by making threats of nonphysical punishment such as lowering a grade‚ being demoted or fired from a job‚ damaging your reputation‚ or being excluded from a group for failure to comply with requests for any type of sexual activity?
9. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone made or tried to make you have sexual intercourse or sexual contact when you did not want to by making promises of rewards such as raising a grade‚ being hired or promoted‚ being given a ride or class notes‚ or getting help with course work from a fellow student if you complied sexually?
10. Since school began in the Fall‚ has anyone made or tried to make you have sexual intercourse or sexual contact when you did not want to by simply being overwhelmed by someone’s continual pestering and verbal pressure?
11. Not counting any incidents we have already discussed‚ have you experienced any other type of unwanted or uninvited sexual contact since school began in the Fall? Remember‚ this could include sexual experiences that may or may not have been reported to the police or other officials‚ which were the strangers or people you know‚ in a variety of locations both on- and off-campus‚ and while you were awake or when you were asleep‚ drunk‚ or otherwise incapacitated.
Note: Scale can be used to assess sexual violence perpetrated by non-intimates.
 
·         sexual victimization
 
This instrument can be found on pages 44-45 of Measuring Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/IPV_Compendium.pdf
 
 
Each question is asked using a “yes-no” response set. When a respondent reports that she has experienced the type of behavior asked about in the screen question‚ she is asked “How many different incidents of [type of sexual victimization] happened to you since school began in the Fall? For every different incident‚ the interviewer completes an incident report. In this report‚ the respondent is asked information (1) to determine exactly what type(s) of sexual victimization occurred and to what degree (completed‚ attempted‚ or threatened)‚ (2) to document information about the ch‎aracteristics of the incident‚ and (3) to understand the reporting behaviors of the victim.
A hierarchical scoring system is used‚ such that incidents are classified according to the most severe type of sexual victimization. For example‚ if a victim reports experiencing both forced sexual intercourse and attempted sexualcoercion during the same incident‚ the incident should be classified as forced sexual intercourse.
 

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Fisher BS‚ Cullen FT‚ Turner MG. The sexual victimization of college women. Washington (DC): Dept. of Justice (US)‚ National Institute of Justice; 2000. Report No.: NCJ 182369..