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Location: E146  |  Thursday, February 7  |  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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The Sexual Violence Preconference will address current research on sexual victimization and prevention.  It will also continue the conversation of #MeTooPhD, focusing on the experiences of sexual victimization within the academy. 

The Preconference is designed to have two major parts.  In the first half, scholars will present findings on prevalence of and attitudinal and behavioral factors related to sexual violence.  Featured research will include work focused on marginalized identities, such as sexual minorities, trans folks, and racial/ethnic minorities.  The second half of the conference will concern the application of sexual violence research in prevention programming and trauma-informed research methods. 

In addition, bringing together both the presented research, as well as current events, to synthesize the current state of affairs, as well as focus on possible ways to move forward as a field. A set of break-out discussion groups will allow attendees to discuss their own experiences and recommendations for teaching about, researching, and applying methods of sexual assault prevention.


8:30 - 8:45 AM: Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 AM: Opening remarks - Kathryn Klement

9:00 - 10:00 AM: Intersectional Symposium

Examining Service Barriers for LGBTQ+ and Straight Sexual Assault Survivors: The Student Support Seeking Study

Formal supports higher education institutions provide can help protect against negative mental health outcomes following a sexual assault. However, student survivors rarely use such supports. Research is needed to understand barriers preventing survivors from accessing services, including barriers specific to LGBTQ+ students, and their relationship to mental health outcomes. The current study examines whether greater service barriers exacerbate mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ survivors at a Midwestern university.

Placing the blame: The effect of race, rape-myths, and stereotypes on victim blaming among African-American perceivers

Amani Holder-Dixon headshot When learning of a sexual assault, individuals may develop victim-blaming attitudes in which they attribute more guilt to the survivor than the perpetrator. But are all victims and perpetrators treated equally? This research examines how race may influence attributions of guilt to victims and perpetrators of sexual assault among Black perceivers.

Racial Differences in Disclosure Events

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Perceptions of Victims Symposium

Compassionate or cruel? Empathetic responses to hypothetical rape victims

College Students' Perceptions of Sexual Violence in the Sex Industry

This study investigates perceptions of workers in the sex industry. Initial views were captured from 100 college students who then read a vignette about a sex worker’s experiences and responded to additional questions. Results indicate that reading the rest of the story shifted initially negative perceptions of the worker.

Misattribution of Blame Towards Victims of Police Violence: What Can We Learn From the Sexual Violence Literature?

Shari Reite headshot Mechanisms of blame misattribution identified in the sexual violence literature may also be involved in blame misattribution toward victims of police violence. A systematic review of research examining blame misattribution towards victims of sexual violence was conducted to develop a testable theory of blame misattribution towards victims of police violence.

Sex as a basic need: Better understanding sexual coercion and judgments of immorality

11:00 - 11:15AM - Morning Break

11:15AM - 12:15PM - Sexual Violence on Campus Symposium

The Mediating role of Heavy Drinking Use in the Association between Adherence to Male Role Norms and Sexual Violence

Alcohol Exposure and Sexual Assault-Relevant Bystander Intentions

Dylan John headshot Two studies explored the impact of alcohol priming on bystander perceptions and intentions. Exposure to alcohol cues had no effects on perceptions of potential sexual violence or willingness to intervene in either study. Results are consistent with previous work showing minimal impact of actual drinking on bystander intentions.

Gender Differences in Perceived Safety

Stylianos Syropoulos headshot Safety is a primary psychological need. When it’s compromised we cannot function at our best capacity. Research on gender differences in safety has been limited due to the lack of comprehensive, multidimensional measures. I will present recent novel findings on gender differences in perceived safety among college students and across-nations.

Women's Disclosure of College Sexual Assault: Does Greek-life Status Matter?

Teah-Marie R. Bynion headshot

1:00 - 3:00PM - Roundtables and Breakouts

The Sexual Violence Pre-Conference will have four breakout options. These will be organized at tables, with two presenters who will briefly talk about their research, and then lead a discussion with the people at their tables. You will be able to rotate tables if you would like, or can stay at a table for more conversation! If there are any topics or questions you would like to be addressed, you are encouraged to complete this form.

Research Methods Breakout:

Ethical and Practical Considerations for Using Naturalistic and ‘Big Data’ Sets in Studying Sexual Violence Disclosure

Results from ARC3 campus climate survey

Intersectionality Breakout:

Sexual (In)accessibility: how legal codes structure sexual violence onto disabled bodies

Emily Mendelson headshot We will use Hughes’ (2012) “ontological disgust” to argue how current legal codes operate alongside ableism to make consensual sex functionally impossible for many disabled people, especially those who may request or provide consent in non-normative ways. The implications of this will be discussed in the context of sexual, and other material violence against disabled people.

Manifestations of Rape Culture and How We Can Change It Breakout:

How Men's Gaze Patterns of Street Harassment Differ by their Hostile Sexism Levels

Emily R F Beebe headshot This breakout session will involve facilitated conversations regarding the Manifestations of Rape Culture and How We Can Change It. The group will talk about how research plays a role by discussing how to apply the findings of "How Men's Gaze Patterns of Street Harassment Differ by their Hostile Sexism Levels".

BDSM as a Tool for Sexual Assault Prevention

Sarah Malone headshot The prevalence of rape culture and rape myths have been established as principal causes of sexual assault, as well as lack of consent and clear communication in mainstream dating environments. The goal of this work is to discuss forms of rape culture and poor communication that can be addressed from a BDSM perspective that nuances understandings of consent and agency, and provides alternative methods to engage in consent-oriented safe sex.

Pedagogy Breakout:

Intimate Partner Violence: Incorporating Special Topics Courses in the Undergraduate Curriculum

Kiersten Baughman headshot This talk will provide practical tools and details about an interdisciplinary course on Intimate Partner Violence based on research that appeals to undergraduate students of all majors. I will discuss assignments, course structure, community partner collaboration, readings, and some of the feedback from students who've found it an invaluable resource.

Empower the Bystander
Dr. Kate Rogers and Dr. Alexandra Zelin trained six students on how to give the “Empower the Bystander” (ETB) presentation developed by Johnson et al. (2015). The ETB training is an interactive presentation meant to introduce participants on how to become empowered bystanders within their campus and community. Through the presentation, students are educated on ways to become an active bystander and prevent sexual assault.

3:00 - 3:15 PM - Afternoon Break

3:15 - 4:15 PM - Final Speaker

Self-Care and Doing Hard Research

Nicole Lozano headshot

4:15 - 4:30 PM - Closing Remark - Kathryn Klement

Digital Paper Swap:

All attendees are welcome to submit a paper to our Digital Paper Swap, and to submit their contact information to create connections among researchers. Recently published papers, pre-prints, or papers-in-progress are all encouraged. Before the preconference, a directory of selected papers will be distributed to preconference attendees, along with a link to each paper. This gives your colleagues a chance to read your work before the preconference, facilitating conversation and connections. To submit your paper, please email Nicole Lozano.


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We are now accepting submissions to present at the Sexual Violence Preconference.  Any type of sexual violence research will be reviewed, but we are especially looking for research that examines sexual violence through an intersectional lens and/or that samples from a marginalized population.  Researchers who are members of a marginalized group themselves are also especially encouraged to submit their work.

Please submit your work via this link.

Additionally, one feature of the Preconference is going to be small-group breakouts focused on specific topics in teaching, research, and mentoring.  If there are any topics or questions you would like to be addressed, you are encouraged to complete this form.


Dr. Kathryn Klement is an assistant professor of psychology at Bemidji State University, where she primarily teaches human sexuality, psychology of women and gender, and research methods. Her research programs focus on the antecedents, correlates, and behavioral consequences of negative attitudes about women’s sexuality, particularly in relation to sexual violence. Recent projects have examined the role of rape myth acceptance in attributions of blame of victims and perpetrators of sexual violence, and the group benefits of victim blaming.


Dr. Nicole Lozano is a Counseling Psychologist and an assistant professor at Angelo State University. Her teaching focuses on training new counselors, with an emphasis in emotion focused work. In addition, she has been implementing flipped classroom styles at the undergraduate level. Her research focuses largely on gender and relationships, focusing on couples and sexual assault disclosure, pregnancy and objectification, and creativity. Recent projects are focusing on how previous trauma mediates health outcome during pregnancy, and how parenthood impacts creativity.


Sharon Nelson headshot Sharon Nelson is currently a doctoral fellow, completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and on internship at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. Her research primarily focuses on personality assessment and personality disorders, however her work in social justice has led to several additional areas of interest, including intimate partner violence and military sexual trauma. Most recently this has included qualitatively examining the role of mentorship in underrepresented psychology graduate students, including experiences of graduate student sexual harassment and ways in which mentors could have/did impact these experiences.




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