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Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

School of Communication Studies

Advisor(s)

Lori Britt

Peggy Plass

Leigh Nelson

Abstract

This study offers an analysis of the reflections of victims of crime about the strategies they used to cope with their experiences. Interviews with seventeen victims of crime were conducted and analyzed qualitatively. Six major themes were discovered based on the analysis including the victim recalling having had an initial instinct or gut reaction about their perpetrator, a change in their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors as a result of the crime, the desire for monetary reimbursement for the crime, the desire to restore emotional balance, advocating the importance of victims’ rights, and finally the consideration of a risk-benefit ratio when disclosing to others.

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