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Tuesday, April 24 • 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Influence of Religiosity on Parental Discussion of Sexual Violence

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, individuals ages 12 to 34 are at the highest risk of experiencing sexual violence. Due to this prevalence, there is a continuing need for more effective prevention efforts directed towards adolescents. Current prevention methods exist primarily in school settings, leaving a gap in understanding what adolescents obtain from their socialization at home through discussion with their parents. Existing research infers that there is an intersection between religiosity and attitudes towards sex, but fails to discuss how these religious beliefs govern parents' communication with their children on sexual violence specifically. To explore this influence of religiosity on parental discussion, I conduct qualitative interviews to compare discussions held by parents of strong Christian faith to those held by parents of no apparent faith. Preliminary findings suggest that there is a lack of direct discussion of sexual violence in both households, which supports the theme of silence found in rape culture. By identifying differences in religious and secular parental discussion, rape prevention and sex education programs may gain clearer direction in how to address their audiences accordingly.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:45pm - 3:05pm PDT
236 Zageir Hall

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