Unraveling the fear of victimization among college women: Is the "shadow of sexual assault hypothesis" supported?

Academic Article


  • Using data on victimization from a national sample of college students, we replicated, refined, and extended Ferraro's models to test the "shadow of sexual assault" thesis and to explore factors that heightened women's age-specific fear of rape. We took into account temporal dimensions of crime-specific fear (during the day and at night) and used a domain-specific model. Overall, fear of rape among college women "shadowed" their fear of other personal crimes. Our age-specific results concerning college women's fear of rape largely mirrored Ferraro's results for women more generally. Policy implications and directions for future research are discussed. © 2003 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
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    Published In

  • Justice Quarterly  Journal
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    Author List

  • Fisher BS; Sloan JJ
  • Start Page

  • 633
  • End Page

  • 659
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 3