While some research has demonstrated the problems associated with sexual assault in urban areas, rural areas, however, have not been studied extensively. The studies on sexual assault in rural areas are discussed and some common concerns are identified. These include stranger versus acquaintance assault, hesitance to report assaults, blaming attitudes, and the need for more and faster services. The need for further research covering risk factors and treatment of sequelae is discussed.
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Family Community Health
This literature review summarizes the findings of from 11 research articles that examine sexual assault in rural areas; only 7 different populations were examined because several articles came from the same study. The studies consisted of middle-school, college-aged, adult females, women living in shelters, and rural service provider populations. Common trends that were identified included: differences in stranger versus acquaintance rape (perpetrators are more likely to know their victims and see them on a regular basis in rural settings), barriers to reporting, high incidence of victim blaming attitudes, and a greater need for more services. Consequences of sexual assault may be different for rural women due to a lack of access to health care and mental health services.
underserved populations, risk