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Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Sexual Assault: Challenging the Myths

Corina Schulze, Sarah Koon-Magnin, and Valerie Bryan
Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Sexual Assault: Challenging the Myths
ISBN: 978-1-62637-778-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-990-9
2019/235 pages
"A significant contribution to the literature." —Kimberly A. Hogan, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

"Because of the methodological rigor, the data analysis that makes up the crux of the book took years to conduct. The methodological description and rich material presented add to the compelling use of CRQ. [The book] fills an important gap in the literature both in terms of theory and also method." —Sarah Prior, Gender & Society

"Sexual violence and the myths that surround this epidemic in the US are excellently introduced and explained by Schulze, Koon-Magnin, and Bryan.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"The first work I've come across that not only deals with gender and sexual identity but introduces new means to examine sexual assault in inclusive ways. An enormous contribution to our work to understand and assist queer-identified survivors of sexual assault."—Lori Girshick, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

"This book will become a 'must have' on the shelves of researchers who are interested in gender-based victimization."—Bonnie S. Fisher, University of Cincinnati


Winner of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women & Crime Book Award!

The underlying argument of this groundbreaking study is this: Sexual orientation and gender identity influence how sexual assault is experienced, how it is perceived, and ultimately, how victims (and perpetrators) are treated by the criminal justice system.

Focusing much of their work on the queer community—a community with a disproportionately high risk of sexual assault—the authors introduce the Identity Inclusive Sexual Assault Myth Scale (IISAMS) to explore the unique aspects of sexual assault and the process of disclosure as experienced by queer victims. They also incorporate participant recommendations, collected during interviews, as they foreground ways for more effectively preventing and responding to sexual violence throughout contemporary society.


Corina Schulze and Sarah Koon-Magnin are associate professors in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama. Valerie Bryan is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at the University of South Alabama.


  • Foreword—Amber Pope
  • Understanding Sexual Violence: Challenging the Myths.
  • The Importance of Identity.
  • Sexual Assault and Disclosure.
  • Rape Myths and Rape Culture.
  • The Identity Inclusive Sexual Assault Myth Scale.
  • Unique Concerns and Resources.
  • What Have We Learned?
  • Appendixes.