Potential for Application of Intersectional Framework by Sexual Assault Related Programs in the United States

Authors: Kathryne-Anna Nelson*,
Topics: Sexuality, Indigenous Peoples, United States
Keywords: Intersectionality, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The experiences of sexual assault survivors vary widely and may be influenced by the identities of those survivors, which include, but are not limited to their race, gender, or socioeconomic status. These identities overlap intersectionally and influence the outcomes of the assault or violence and the possible subsequent reporting of that sexual assault or violence. Many survivors feel their respective state judicial systems do not provide the necessary support that they need. Sexual assault survivors may seek support through alternate programs that aim to reduce sexual assault and to support survivors, but do these programs consider the intersectional identities and experiences of survivors of sexual assault or violence? Programs were chosen from states and regions with high reports of sexual assault in the United States, then these programs were analyzed through an intersectional lens to determine if they supported the demographics of survivors in the area. Some programs may only provide support for “ideal victims” of sexual assault while blaming or neglecting to properly support survivors that are culturally deemed “rapeable.” Many programs showed potential to support the intersectional identities of survivors while others provided less support for their diverse experiences. Suggestions on how to better support diverse survivors were defined based on the beneficial aspects of the more supportive programs.

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