Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Ana Kogl


This thesis focuses primarily on furthering the understanding of sexual coercion as a form of rape. In doing so, it is necessary to break down definitions such as: rape, sexual coercion, and affirmative consent. We analyze the various ways that heteronormative behaviors have further perpetuated sexual coercion. The different ways that society fails victims of coercion will be looked at as well, whether it be close family and friends, partners, or even law enforcement. This is typically by not believing victims, thus playing more into rape culture. With sexual coercion mostly laid out, we look into providing support to victims individually, through our community, and on a federal level, largely by just validating their feelings. These are necessary steps towards recognizing sexual coercion to be just as damaging as rape itself.

Year of Submission



Department of Political Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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