A campus LGBTQ community’s sexual violence and stalking experiences: the contribution of pro-abuse peer support

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Walter DeKeseredy West Virginia University, US

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James Nolan West Virginia University, US

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Martin Schwartz George Washington University, US

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Previous studies of peer support for various types of violence against college students are heteronormative, being primarily concerned with the abuse of heterosexual women by heterosexual males. Using recent data from the Campus Quality of Life Survey conducted at a large residential college in the South Atlantic part of the US, the main objective of this paper is to help fill a major research gap by presenting data on two ways in which negative peer support contribute to sexual violence and stalking in a campus LGBTQ community. The results show that LGBTQ students are more likely to receive such support than heterosexual ones and that negative peer support predicts sexual assault and stalking among both types of students. Implications for further empirical and theoretical work are discussed, as well as some key policy issues.

Walter DeKeseredy West Virginia University, US

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