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Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


School of Communication Studies


Lori Britt

Peggy Plass

Leigh Nelson


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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