The Cultural Context of Sexual Assault and Its Consequences Among Ethnic Minority Women

Robyn L. Gobin, Jennifer M. Gómez

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Ethnic minority women are vulnerable to sexual assault across the life span, and they face unique challenges and barriers to recovery in the aftermath of sexual assault. In this chapter, rates of sexual assaults among African American, Latina American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Arab and Muslim American women are examined, and associated mental health and functional consequences are explored. The impact of cultural dynamics on women’s experience of sexual assault is reviewed, and the influence of racism and sexism is considered. Then, multicultural and feminist theoretical frameworks that can inform future work are reviewed. Finally, implications for future research, practice, and policy are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
Subtitle of host publicationA Project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
EditorsRobert Geffner, Jacquelyn W White, L Kevin Hamberger, Alan Rosenbaum, Viola Vaughan-Eden, Victor I Vieth
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319899992
ISBN (Print)9783319899985
StatePublished - 2022


  • Ethnic minority
  • Sexual assault
  • Sociocultural context
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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