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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Psychology

First Advisor

Alan M. Gross

Second Advisor

Elicia Lair


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



Sexual violence is a prominent community issue particularly within the LGBTQ+ community. The present study examined the relationships among gender roles sexual assertiveness and sexual victimization as well as sexual perpetration in a LGBTQ+ population. For most severe form of sexual violence victimization in the past year 17.6% reported having been raped. Moderated logistic regression analyses found that both gender roles and sexual assertiveness independently predicted severity of sexual victimization and perpetration. No interactions were found to predict either sexual victimization or sexual perpetration. Specifically the femininity gender role and lower levels of sexual assertiveness predicted greater likelihood for victim status of acts within the past year and since age 14. Surprisingly the femininity gender role and lower levels of sexual assertiveness also predicted perpetrator status for acts in the past year and since age 14. Implications for these findings in a LGBTQ+ population are discussed.

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