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Social Reactions to Sexual Assault

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This webinar, another in the CVR Evidence Hour series, reviews research on correlates and impacts of social reactions made to victims disclosing sexual assault and partner violence. Findings about trauma disclosure and social reactions are presented from survivors and their informal support members (e.g., family, friend, romantic partner). Recommendations from survivors and informal supports about what survivors need and information from a recent intervention to improve social reactions to survivor disclosures are reviewed.


Dr. Sarah Ullman is Professor of Criminology, Law, & Justice and Affiliate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a social psychologist whose research concerns the impact of sexual assault on women’s well-being. She has conducted NIH-funded research on risk and protective factors for PTSD and substance abuse and other health-related outcomes in rape victims, social support processes in a dyadic sample of victims and informal social network members, and an intervention to reduce negative social reactions to victims of sexual assault and partner violence.

Kris Bein is the Assistant Director for the Resource Sharing Project, where she provides training and technical assistance to state coalitions and rural rape crisis centers on sexual assault services, agency structure, and capacity building. She holds a master’s degree in Human Services from the University of Illinois.



February 23
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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