Sorority Participation and Sexual Assault Risk

  title={Sorority Participation and Sexual Assault Risk},
  author={Jacqueline Chevalier Minow and Christopher J. Einolf},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={835 - 851}
This study tested the relationship between sexual assault victimization, sorority membership, and participation in a range of sorority activities, using data from a large-sample (N = 779) survey conducted at a midsize public university. A total of 29% of sorority women reported having been sexually assaulted while in college, four times the rate (7%) among nonsorority members. The difference between Greek and non-Greek women remained large even when controls were included for alcohol… 

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