Sex Roles

, Volume 24, Issue 1–2, pp 31–41 | Cite as

Sexual victimization among sorority women: Exploring the link between sexual violence and institutional practices

  • Stacey Copenhaver
  • Elizabeth Grauerholz


This study investigates the incidence and nature of sexual coercion among sorority women. Particular emphasis is placed on sexual coercion that occurs within the context of fraternal life. Overall, almost half of those studied had experienced some form of sexual coercion, 24% experienced attempted rape, and 17% were victims of completed rape. Almost half of the rapes occurred in a fraternity house, and over half occurred either during a fraternity function or was perpetrated by a fraternity member. This study provides evidence that fraternities represent a social context that tolerates, if not actually encourages, sexual coercion of women, including sorority women.


Social Psychology Social Context Sexual Violence Sexual Victimization Sexual Coercion 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stacey Copenhaver
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Grauerholz
    • 1
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityUSA

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