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The Relationship of Sexual Coercion on the Self Esteem of Latina College Students

Sexual coercion is defined as any of the following: rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and the pressure to have sex. The effects of sexual coercion on the person and their self-esteem are critical to research and have been often understudied. This study is intended to increase the understanding of how culture may play a part in maintaining sexual scripts and how they in turn affect those who have been victimized. Understanding the impact of sexual violence on women is significant for recovery and coping as well as prevention programs. Studies show that females who have reported rape express lower levels of self-esteem, however the studies in the literature have consisted of predominantly white women. Although the data is critical to collect it cannot be generalized to all women, especially women of color. Ethnic minority sexual scripts and culture has been found to influence the repercussions of an unwanted sexual encounter. Due to the lack of literature surrounding sexual coercion and the effect on ethnic minorities, the purpose of this study is to explore the effects of sexual coercion on the well being of Latina college students to understand the cultural implications of sexual assault. Approximately 100-200 Latina female underGraduates from the Cal Poly Pomona campus will be recruited for this study. The participants will partake in a series of published questionnaires on an online system. This study will answer the following research question; what is the impact of sexual coercion on the self-esteem of Latina college students?

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