Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Patrick Openlander

Second Advisor

Farida Faranza

Third Advisor

Cheryl A. Philipak


A sample of Black females who had been identified as victims of sexual abuse, were interviewed regarding their victimization experiences and psychological treatment. An examination of the research literature on black sexually abused victims and the treatment considerations provided to them was also explored. There are significant differences that emerge between the literature search and research studies of white victims, versus black victims. Explanation of the association between race, or ethnicity and psychological treatment services and protocols are explored. Recommendations for psychological services for black victims and their families are discussed .