skip to main content
Resource type Show Results with: Show Results with: Index

Is Reporting of Rape on the Rise? A Comparison of Women With Reported Versus Unreported Rape Experiences in the National Women’s Study-Replication

Wolitzky-Taylor, Kate B ; Resnick, Heidi S ; Mccauley, Jenna L ; Amstadter, Ananda B ; Kilpatrick, Dean G ; Ruggiero, Kenneth J

Journal of Interpersonal Violence, March 2011, Vol.26(4), pp.807-832 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

Full text available online

View all versions
Citations Cited by
  • Title:
    Is Reporting of Rape on the Rise? A Comparison of Women With Reported Versus Unreported Rape Experiences in the National Women’s Study-Replication
  • Author/Creator: Wolitzky-Taylor, Kate B ; Resnick, Heidi S ; Mccauley, Jenna L ; Amstadter, Ananda B ; Kilpatrick, Dean G ; Ruggiero, Kenneth J
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Rape ; Sexual Assault ; Reporting ; Social Welfare & Social Work ; Sociology & Social History ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, March 2011, Vol.26(4), pp.807-832
  • Description: Rape affects one in seven women nationwide. Historically, most rape victims do not report rape to law enforcement. Research is needed to identify barriers to reporting and correlates of reporting to guide policy recommendations that address such barriers. We investigated the prevalence of reporting rape among a national sample of women (N = 3,001) interviewed in 2006. The study also examined predictors of reporting as well as barriers to reporting, concerns about reporting, and women’s experiences with the reporting process. Results demonstrated that the overall prevalence of reporting (15.8%) has not significantly increased since the 1990s. Differences were found between rape types, with rapes involving drug or alcohol incapacitation or facilitation being less likely to be reported than forcible rapes. Several predictors of reporting emerged in multivariable analyses. Implications for public health and public policy are discussed.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0886-2605 ; E-ISSN: 1552-6518 ; DOI: 10.1177/0886260510365869