Critical Criminology

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 109-123

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A Website Content Analysis of Women’s Resources and Sexual Assault Literature on College Campuses

  • Rebecca Hayes-SmithAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida Email author 
  • , Justin Hayes-SmithAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida

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In an effort to examine how higher education institutions have provided women with resources to handle issues that disproportionately affect them, this study assessed the availability of women’s resource centers on college campuses within the United States, with a particular focus on sexual assault-related resources. A website content analysis was conducted, through which we coded to assess ease of use, clarity, and comprehensiveness of the programs and information made available to women. Although many universities had sexual assault literature, few had women’s resource centers. In addition, the quality of literature and programs varied greatly among the universities. Future research should attempt to explain organizational differences in college responses to the call for resources, as well as examine women’s experiences with resources on campus.