Honors Projects


Kendall LakeFollow


This study investigates the causes and effects of the lack of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) at the Bowling Green State University (BGSU). The study draws on previous research about sexual assault reporting, deterrents to reporting, national prevalence studies, how psychological re-victimization occurs, and the importance of sexual assault nurse examiners. The data included is previous literature, interviews, and ethnographic research about the town Bowling Green, OH. The primary data for this research comes from interviews with the SANEs at the Wood County Hospital. Seven nurses were interviewed, and findings concluded that residential students at BGSU are not receiving medical help for their sexual assaults. Only 27 cases of assault were handled by the Wood County ER in 2016, with roughly half of these cases being students. BGSU holds 17,000 students, and one in five women are assaulted during their time at college. The author concludes that there is a large group of students who are unaccounted for and possibly not receiving or seeking help. A few solutions are proposed, including a full-time SANE on-staff at the Falcon Health Center or a possible cab-voucher system for students from resident halls to the hospital.


Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Mary Krueger, PhD

First Advisor Department

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Second Advisor

Sridevi Menon, PhD

Second Advisor Department

Ethnic Studies

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2016