Amy S. Farrell
John F. McDevitt, Kevin M. Drakulich
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department or Academic Unit
College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
criminology, hate crime victimization, help seeking, reporting, secondary victimization, indirect victimization, social distance, transgender and gender non-conforming
The study explores qualitatively the fears that transgender and gender non-conforming college students have about reporting victimization to the police. This study uses a reverse social distance ideology to account for the space between transgender individuals and their treatment in society. This distance (often felt through discrimination and victimization) may be a predictor in transgender and gender non-conforming students not reporting victimization to the police or other service agencies. Study participants were recruited from nine colleges in a Northeast city for interviews to discuss reporting and help seeking behaviors. The findings suggest that social distance factors into students' perceptions of the police as well as their reporting and help-seeking habits.
Jamie Lynn Lepak
Lepak, Jamie Lynn, "Gender identity: an examination of fears concerning reporting" (2011). Criminal Justice Master's Theses. Paper 1. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001150
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