How Language and Stereotypes Affect the Help-seeking Behaviors of Victims of Female-on-Female Sexual Assault

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

John McNeill

Second Advisor

Vivian Schaefer

Third Advisor

Lynett Henderson Metzger


Relational frame theory, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Sexual assault, Stereotypes, Rule-governed behavior


While much attention has been paid to the experiences of the female victims of male-perpetrated sexual assault, relatively little attention has been paid to the experiences of female-on-female sexual assault. However, female-on-female sexual assault can and does occur within lesbian and queer communities. What literature there is on the topic demonstrates that gender stereotypes, as well as stereotypes about the lesbian and queer communities, play a role in the decision process to seek help. This paper seeks to analyze the role of language and stereotypes in the help-seeking behaviors of victims of female-on-female sexual assault, using Relational Frame Theory as a framework.

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Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


46 pages

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