Community-Based Providers Open Doors to Law Enforcement Reporting after Sexual Assault

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes to law enforcement. Communities need information about practices that support women’s autonomous decision-making, particularly given how deeply personal and complex such decisions can be. In a forthcoming Violence against Women article, we asked whether women’s reporting decisions were affectedContinue reading “Community-Based Providers Open Doors to Law Enforcement Reporting after Sexual Assault”

The Wrong Lesson: The Radical Re-Write of the Definition of Sexual Harassment in the Proposed Title IX Rules

Only a handful of days remain to make public comments on the problematic Title IX rules proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (comments have to be submitted by January 30). If you’re thinking about submitting a comment, there are resources available on writing an effective comment and plenty of reasons to get your keyboard.Continue reading “The Wrong Lesson: The Radical Re-Write of the Definition of Sexual Harassment in the Proposed Title IX Rules”

Telling a Story of Practitioner-Researcher Collaboration for Victim Services

When you feel strongly about something, it’s a really good day when someone hands you a microphone and says “tell us about it“. One of those good days came about recently when the Center for Victim Research invited Kazi Houston and Emily Tofte Nestaval from Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center and me to talk about our WrapContinue reading “Telling a Story of Practitioner-Researcher Collaboration for Victim Services”

Your Chance to Comment on Proposed Title IX Rule Changes

As reported recently, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has released new proposed regulations to Title IX. The proposed changes run counter to what we have learned through the TSS Group as well as research nationally about the causes and consequences of sexual assault, reporting decisions, and the importance of trauma-informed responses. The sweeping changes would be far-reaching,Continue reading “Your Chance to Comment on Proposed Title IX Rule Changes”

Happy Holidays from the TSS Group

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the TSS Group, As 2018 draws to a close, I offer my heartfelt thanks to you for your collaboration. Your willingness to work, share, and learn together continues to make it possible to do research that advances understanding of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, older adult abuse, and sexContinue reading “Happy Holidays from the TSS Group”

Victim Services Start in the Waiting Room

by Naomi Wright & Anne P. DePrince Imagine you work in victim services. Following a sexual assault, a woman goes to your office building to meet with you. Maybe for an interview that is part of a criminal investigation. Maybe to access healthcare. Regardless of the reason, keep imagining those first few moments when yourContinue reading “Victim Services Start in the Waiting Room”

Sexual Assault and Health: Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health

Note: The following post, written by Dr. Kerry Gagnon (Ph.D. ’18), describes findings from her dissertation research.  An estimated one in six women in America has been sexual assaulted[1]. In addition to the psychological costs of sexual assault, many survivors face physical health consequences that can last for weeks up to years. Physical health symptoms can includeContinue reading “Sexual Assault and Health: Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health”

Campus Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Attention

Note: The following post, written by Dr. Michelle Lee (Ph.D. ’18), describes findings from her dissertation research.   Sexual assault and harmful alcohol use are significant problems among women attending college, with approximately 20% of women experiencing forced sexual contact, attempted rape, and/or rape as college students (Fisher et al., 2003; Krebs et al., 2007; SAMHSA, 2015).Continue reading “Campus Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Attention”

Welcome New TSS Group Team Members

This fall, the TSS Group welcomed two new graduate students to our team: Maria-Ernestina Christl and Adi Rosenthal. We asked them a few questions to help you get to know them. Q: Welcome to the TSS Group. Tell us about yourself, please! Maria-Ernestina: Hi! I am from Alabama and moved to Colorado for grad school. I amContinue reading “Welcome New TSS Group Team Members”

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers

by Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes, with women tending not to disclose their experiences to formal supports, such as police, doctors, and counselors. As #MeToo broke into public awareness last year, requests for sexual assault services increased. That more survivors are seeking services is good news, particularly given theContinue reading “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers”