Date

3-2017

Degree Name

BA in Sociology

Department

Social Sciences Department

Advisor(s)

Liz B. Johnston

Abstract

This paper examines the various opinions of members of Cal Poly’s community about sexual assault. Sexual assault has increasingly become a topic of discussion not only in the media, but on Cal Poly’s campus. This project shall focus on the views of students in varying grade levels and those associated with Greek Life, along with various members of the administration, including campus resource providers. A review of the literature suggests that while previous studies have gathered an abundance of data, more research studies need to be conducted to become fully aware of the scope of problems concerning sexual assaults. Through reviewing previous literature and the use of interviews with participants, this study found that while many members of the Cal Poly campus community have different opinions about sexual assault, they also share similar opinions regarding the stereotypes and stigma surrounding different aspects of sexual assault. By putting these opinions together, my paper suggests that Cal Poly’s campus community has ideas which could lead to increased awareness and discussion of sexual assault on Cal Poly’s campus.

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