Award Date

Spring 2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

Advisor 1

Alexis Kennedy, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

William Sousa

Second Committee Member

Tamara Madensen

Graduate Faculty Representative

Katherine Hertlein

Number of Pages

71

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether rates of forcible rape in Nevada are high, possibly a side effect of living in a hypersexual city. The study will explore whether these rates compare to other cities of the same size that are tourism focused and whether rates of forcible rapes are higher in counties without prostitution than with prostitution. This paper will also consider rates of sexual victimization among undergraduate students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. Lastly, the study will consider whether the hypersexual nature of the city is reflected in the sex drives of college students, another factor that puts individuals at risk for becoming a victim of rape.

Keywords

Forcible rape; hypersexual environment; Las Vegas; Prostitution; Rape rates; Sexual victimization

Disciplines

Criminology | Psychology | Sexuality and the Law | Sociology

Language

English


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