Revealing the unexamined costs of rape
Posted: October 9, 2012
David Buss and former student, Carin Perilloux
A new study by psychology professor David Buss and former student Carin Perilloux (now a visiting assistant professor at Union College in New York) is to be published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Their findings show that victims of sexual assault and even attempted sexual assault suffer a wide spectrum of debilitating effects which may go unnoticed or undiagnosed. Areas affected include self-esteem, sexual reputation, frequency of sex, desire to have sex, and self-perceived mate value or desirability.
The paper, titled “The costs of rape”, is currently in press and can be downloaded from the Buss Lab web page: http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/group/busslab/publications.htm