Conclusion Of Sexual Violence

Provided the greater levels of violence, sexual acts, and poorer assault aftermath that are markers of multiple perpetrator sexual assaults, more resources are needed to improve treatment and support to the victims. Research findings documenting victim's experiences with support systems following multiple perpetrator sexual assaults suggest targeting interventions toward police, medical, and mental health sources for this high-risk group of victims. Implications of these findings should be used to inform policy, treatment, and prevention strategies targeting sexual assaults with multiple assailants. At the individual level, public education efforts must emphasize that victims' experiences of sexual assault are not universal. Multiple perpetrators can victimize males and females, and the victims are likely to respond in diverse ways. However, education efforts must emphasize that certain groups are at increased risk for being sexually assaulted by multiple assailants (e.g., adolescents). In addition, rape awareness programs need to provide information for informal support providers about the varied reactions survivors may exhibit. These programs should also emphasize to informal support providers that positive reactions such as emotional support and tangible aid are helpful for recovery, and negative reactions, such as blame, may overshadow any positive efforts, particularly for survivors of multiple perpetrator sexual assault.

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