Associations between women's experiences of sexual violence and forgiveness

M. Meghan Davidson, Nicole M. Lozano, Brian P. Cole, Sarah J. Gervais

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The purpose of this study was to examine forgiveness and sexual violence among college women. Undergraduate women (N 5 503) completed an online survey assessing experiences of sexual violence and forgiveness. Simultaneous multivariate regressions revealed that experiencing more sexual violence was associated with more revenge and avoidance, and less benevolence. Furthermore, findings indicated that more experiences of sexual violence were negatively associated with forgiveness of self, forgiveness of others, and forgiveness of uncontrollable situations. This work begins to fill critical gaps in the extant literature because it is the only study to date that examines sexual violence and the positive psychological construct of forgiveness. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1041-1053
Number of pages13
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013


  • Avoidance
  • Benevolence
  • Forgiveness
  • Positive psychology
  • Revenge
  • Sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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