Looking forward and back: Sexual victimization prevention

Melissa M. Sisco, Judith V. Becker, Connie J.A. Beck

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The field of sexual victimization prevention has been greatly shaped by societal movements of the past forty years. The social forces that have driven the study of sexual victimization have led to major research gaps which may be viewed as opportunities for new focuses. This paper will: (1) review these social movements in light of the opportunities that have arisen, (2) re-evaluate the information that has been collected in light of the research purpose, preventing harm to potential victims through providing tailored prevention messages, victim sensitive avenues of reporting, and individualized intervention tactics based on personality characteristics, and (3) provide a framework with which to conceptualize normative personality in relation to the process of victimization-related trauma. Although research has provided many insights into the basic principles of prevention, much remains to be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Gender
  • Intervention
  • Personality
  • Prevention
  • Sexual victimization
  • Sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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