Sexual Assault Cases and the Claim of Consent

Sexual Assault Cases and the Claim of Consent



Nina Vaccaro, Lauren Sears


Presentation: 2:40-3:00 p.m., Humanities 109



In our research project we are interested in looking at the impact and implications of suspects claiming consent in sexual assault cases. The first question we are looking to answer is do different types of evidence, such as witness testimonies, DNA evidence, or other case facts on the victims and suspects, have an impact on the likelihood that the defendant will use a defense that the sexual assault was consensual. The second question we would like to analyze is how does claiming that the sexual assault was consensual impact the sentence imposed to the defendant. Previous research has been done on the effectiveness and weight of evidence collected by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners as well as how consent is perceived in sexual assault cases. However, we would like to compare these aspects of sexual assault cases together to get a better understanding of the more comprehensive implications that consent has throughout the entire process of the case.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Scholarship; Diversity

Sexual Assault Cases and the Claim of Consent