Unsafe in the Ivory Tower

The Sexual Victimization of College Women

by Bonnie S. (Sue) Fisher, Leah E. Daigle, Francis T. Cullen

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  • 9781412954761
  • 9781452210483
  • 9781483314532

An unprecedented look at college women's risks of and experiences with sexual victimization

Unsafe in the Ivory Tower examines the nature and dimensions of a salient social problem—the sexual victimization of female college students today, and how women respond when they are, in fact, sexually victimized. The authors discuss the research that scholars have conducted to illuminate the origins and extent of this controversial issue as well as what can be done to prevent it. Students and other interested readers learn about the nature of victimization while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the ways in which criminologists, victimologists, and social scientists conduct research that informs theory and policy debates.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed information about sexual victimization on college campuses today
  • Introduces broad lessons about the interactions of ideology, science and methodology, and public policy
  • Integrates current data, research, and theory, based on the authors' national studies of more than 8,000 randomly selected female college students

Intended Audience

This supplemental text is ideal for courses such as Sex Crimes, Violence and Abuse, Victimology, Gender and Crime, Sociology of Violence, Sociology of Women, and the Sociology of Sex and Gender in departments of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and women's studies. It is also useful for those involved in studying or creating public policy related to this issue and for those interested in sexual victimization on campuses generally.


  • SAGE Publications; November 2009
  • ISBN: 9781452210483
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Unsafe in the Ivory Tower
  • Author: Bonnie S. (Sue) Fisher; Leah E. Daigle; Francis T. Cullen
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications, Inc
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781412954761
  • 9781452210483
  • 9781483314532

In The Press

"Thought provoking....Some of the most comprehensive, evidence-based research on campus violence against women, with a refreshing look at potential strategies. With eye-opening, hard scientific data, this book answers most of the quintessential questions and will no doubt play a pivotal role in future research and prevention."

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781412954761
  • 9781452210483
  • 9781483314532