Advocates speak out on adult sexual assault: A unique crime demands a unique response

Sharon B. Murphy, Victoria L. Banyard, Sarah P. Maynard, Rebecca Dufresne

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Research documents the challenges presented to victims of sexual assault whose cases move through the criminal justice system. One key vantage point from which to understand how survivors experience the criminal justice system is from the perspective of the crisis center advocates who work with them. Graduate student research teams conducted semistructured interviews with rape crisis advocates across one Northeastern state. The voices of crisis center advocates raise key points that might help in the development of new procedures and processes for how adult sexual assault cases are handled in the justice system.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)690-710
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • attrition
  • credibility
  • justice gap
  • rape crisis advocates
  • secondary victimization
  • sexual assault


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