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This page lists examples of student research projects. Every time a student raises awareness about the issues of rape trauma it makes a huge difference in the world. Several of these papers inspired me to create this website. This website was created as a school project for a library science program. Primarily I wanted to provide a basic understanding of the information needs of rape survivors. The full scope of rape trauma syndrome and it's aftermath was not clearly outlined anywhere on government websites or resources accessible to the general public. I redesigned the site two years later in order to encourage researchers to explore rape trauma syndrome further. I focused on providing resources which professionals and students could cite. In the library I worked with freshman english students so I had that user group in mind when creating the main research page. The online libraries page is aimed at researchers of all levels. I am currently creating bibliographies on featured controversial subjects such as victim blame, self blame and hate crimes.


Group Wiki Project- Rape Crisis Online Encyclopedia


This is a group project I became aware of through my student listserv. I worked on the Wiki rape article for over 2 years and it was continually nominated for featured article. It was vandalized in 2004 so I exported the archive to this site and developed it into the Rape Crisis Online Encyclopedia with help from researchers from other advocacy websites.


Women's Wiki Rape Article

Just before I created the Encyclopedia above I wrote to the owner of the women's wiki and had the article re-written and placed on the women's wiki site. It has it's own copy right so the content was altered a bit.


Understanding the Survivor of Rape


"In this society, rape is usually lumped into one category. The image that comes to mind is that of a psychotic stranger grabbing a woman and raping her in a dark alley. Although this is the tragic reality for some women, most women are raped by "normal" acquaintances. It is important to note that rape is not only a problem for women. It is estimated that 10% of survivors that seek help from crisis centers are men, however, this may not be an accurate figure, because men are less likely to report a rape or seek help after an assault than women (Warshaw, 1988). This discussion of rape and the survivors of rape will only include adult women, because the experiences of male survivors and children may be very different."


Theories of Sexual Coercion: Evolutionary, Feminist, and Biosocial Perspectives


"I wrote this paper for a wonderful upper-level psychology course called Behavioral Biology of Women. I also presented the paper and facilitated a discussion focusing mainly on the controversy of the evolutionary and feminist theories."


An Investigation of the Relationship between Religiosity and Victim Blame in Cases of Sexual Assault


"This study investigated the relationship between religiosity and tendencies toward victim blame in sexual assault cases. Thirty-two individuals were given surveys that included items measuring acceptance of rape myths, sex role stereotyping, and sexual conservatism. The survey also asked subjects to self-identify as either religious or non-religious. In the final analysis, ten subjects were in each condition, and the mean scores of each were compared using an independent-samples t-test. The results of this test, t(18)=.610, showed that the means were not significantly different when p<.05. Thus it could be concluded that both religious and non-religious individuals have similar victim blame propensities. However, insufficient sample size and a relatively undiversified sample could have been the cause of these insignificant results."


What purpose do rape sequences serve within film narratives?


"Visual images of women are so pervasive in western culture that they are almost impossible to ignore, yet what these images covertly say about women is often overlooked. They tell both women and men how women are expected “to look, how to behave, and how we might expect to be seen and treated by others” (Betterton, 1987, p.1). Of all the representations of women within culture, cinema, that is mainstream Hollywood cinema, is arguably the most dominant means of constructing a particular way of seeing. Images of women in cinema, therefore, are in a position to become so ingrained in society that they can both reinforce and create myths, as Snead (2000) points out; while films may not be myths in themselves they can generate myths in society:
although films are not necessarily myths ... certain films have managed to remain repeatedly compelling and thus to assume a permanent, quasi-mythic status in a society's consciousness (Snead in Horeck, www.utpjournals.com)."


Theatre in Education


"We titled the piece 'Unspeakable' because rape is a subject that is not spoken about in society and rape survivors' feel silenced by what has happened to them. From our research it was clear that "Many women are deeply affected by rape and sexual assault without anyone around them knowing what has happened" (Hall, 1985, p.142)."


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Keep in mind that many people choose to combine art therapy with their research projects. The original version of this site was combined with a photoessay on communicating the feeling of rape trauma syndrome using a combination of text and images.


Would you like to contribute a research project to this page? Contact the author or post them at one of these message boards in the research forums (which are often open to the public). Pandys, After the Silence.


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