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One in six women and one in 19 men will be victims of stalking in their lifetime (Baum, Catalano, & Rand, 2009). This qualitative, phenomenological research study explores the perceived barriers to reporting stalking-related behavior that undergraduates self-report at a private, religiously-affiliated, mid-sized, Midwestern research university. Undergraduate students (n=22) were interviewed in a one-on-one setting. Barriers that have been recorded in past research have included fear of retaliation, uncertainty that a crime has been committed, or not wanting friends to find out (Fisher, Diagle, Cullen, & Turner 2003; Sable, Danis, Mauzy, & Gallagher, 2010). These previous findings are consistent with the findings of this study. In addition, the majority of students reported that the school could do more to educate on what constitutes as stalking behavior, what the reporting options are, as well as what happens after a report has been filed. These findings are relevant for any university because the research site in this study has already invested a great deal of resources into combatting partner violence and this evidence suggests that there will always be more opportunities for education and student engagement; in other words, this is an ever-evolving battle that needs to be fought.
Savio Dennis Franco
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Perceived Barriers to Reporting Incidences of Stalking by Undergraduate Students at a Private, Midwestern University." (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1388.