Correlates of Disclosure Cessation After Sexual Assault

Emily R. Dworkin, Nicole Allen

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Contacts with responders after sexual assault may influence further disclosure, but this possibility has not been explored empirically. Thus, this study investigates associations between survivors’ contacts with responders and their decisions to discontinue disclosure. Fifty-four college students with a history of unwanted sexual experiences described 94 ordered contacts with responders. Results indicate that survivors’ perceptions of responsiveness were not associated with continued disclosure, but survivors were more likely to continue disclosing when they perceived more rape myth acceptance from responders and when the assault was more recent. These findings highlight survivors’ tenacity in meeting their needs, even after problematic responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-100
Number of pages16
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • disclosure
  • help seeking
  • rape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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