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Dissertation

Meaningful Factors Involved in Anti-Gay Bias Crime

11 December 2009

Abstract

Contemporary explanations of crime survivor experiences were reviewed, with specific attention to cognitions of the survivors. Additionally, the differences between anti-gay bias and non-bias offenses were examined in an effort to illuminate attributes unique to survivors of bias crime. One hundred forty-two participants attending Gay Pride Celebrations in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington contributed information about their experiences. The data revealed that there are common cognitions shared among survivors of anti-gay bias crime. The importance of post-attack cognitions was discussed in the context of possible approaches to survivor treatment.


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