The Short-Term Repeat Sexual Victimization of Adolescents in School

Marie Skubak Tillyer, Brooke Miller Gialopsos, Pamela Wilcox

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Abstract

This study examines the extent and nature of short-term repeat sexual assault and harassment victimization in school. We used data collected from 7th through 10th graders as part of the Rural Substance abuse and Violence Project (RSVP) to test whether the observed frequencies of sexual assault and harassment are significantly different from the expected frequencies. We then estimated hierarchical logistic models to determine whether measures of opportunity and low self-control can distinguish between one-time and repeat victims. Both sexual assault and harassment victimization were nonrandomly distributed. Victims of sexual assault and harassment who had low parental attachment, low self-control, and delinquent peers were more likely to suffer one or more additional victimizations during the school year. In addition, involvement in school sports and activities increased risk of repeat sexual assault, while self-reported criminal behavior increased risk of repeat sexual harassment. We discuss the implications of our findings for theory, prevention, and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-106
Number of pages26
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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