Course Syllabus – Summer 2010


CVSS 2123 - Rape and Sexual Assault


                    INSTRUCTOR:         N. Ann Lowrance, M.S., C.D.S.V.R.P.

                                                         Department Head for Social Services

                                                         Assistant Professor of Crime Victim/Survivor Services


                                OFFICE:         Public Safety Training Center, Room 100-G


                                PHONE:         945-9173 or Fax: 945-8622




                OFFICE HOURS:         Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m.--Noon

                                                         Friday by appointment


           CLASS MEETINGS:         Tuesday and Thursday—1:00-3:30 p.m.

                                                         PSTC 225


                     TEXTBOOKS:         Recovering from Rape, 2nd Edition

                                                         By Linda E. Ledray, R.N., Ph.D.

                                                         ISBN 0-8050-2928-1


                                                         The Right to Innocence:  Healing the Trauma of Childhood

                                                         Sexual Abuse

                                                         By Beverly Engle, M.F.C.C.

                                                         ISBN 0-8041-0585-5


                                                         Transforming Trauma

                                                         By Anna C. Salter

                                                         ISBN 0-9-8035-5508-1


SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT: Pocket Guide to APA Style. 3rd Edition

                                                By Robert Perrin


                     PREREQUISITES:  CVSS 1103 – Victimology and CVSS 1113 – Victim Services


                     NEXT COURSE IN SEQUENCE:       None 




Review the phenomenon of rape, myths about rape and rapists, recovery of victims of sexual assault, information regarding sex offenders, and other forms of sexual assault and exploitation.   Understanding the complexity of these issues will be gained by considering psychological, societal, legal and cultural contexts of sexual victimization.




The purpose of this course is to expose students to basic information about the victim impact of rape, sexual assault of children, and other forms of sexual violence.  Specific outcomes include:


1.            Students will describe various criminal behaviors defined as sexual assaults.

2.            Students will recognize different motivations of sex offenders and how these motivations             are displayed through behavior.

3.            Students will describe potential impact of sexual assault on people with a range of             particular characteristics.

4.            Students will list factors associated with post sexual assault trauma.

5.            Students will interpret and analyze the criminal justice system’s response to victims of             sexual assault.

6.            Students will demonstrate intervention skills and knowledge of sexual assault through             role plays, group exercises, and other classroom activities.

7.            Students will define Crime Victim Advocate as follows:


The Advocate defends, supports, upholds, publicly and privately, victims of crime.


The Advocate is an informational resource for victims of crime regarding the criminal justice system and other governmental entities.


The Advocate helps victims understand their choices and the ramifications of their decisions.


The Advocate empowers victims and supports their choices without criticism.


The Advocate AT ALL TIMES maintains the confidences received from victims and represents vicitms’ interests with respect and compassion.




This will be a lecture/discussion based course with a strong emphasis on discussion.  Group activities and role plays will also be utilized.  Audience participation, demonstrations, guest speakers, and films will be incorporated into this curriculum.  Students are responsible for all information in assigned readings whether the information is covered in the lecture material or not.




Attendance is expected and role will be taken at the beginning of the class.  If students are tardy and do not respond to the roll within the first ten (10) minutes of the class period, they will be recorded as absent.  Students will sign-in for each class session on the roster sheet provided by the course instructor.  It is the student’s responsibility to locate and sign the sheet.  Each student’s signature is documentation that they arrived within the first 10 minutes and remained in class until class was officially dismissed by the course instructor.  When guest speakers are scheduled, the doors will be locked after class begins and students who are late will not be admitted in the classroom.  Students will receive three (3) points for each complete class session attended on time.  This will count 42 points total.  If a student has no late arrivals or absences, he/she will receive two (2) additional points at the end of the semester resulting in 44 points for attendance.




A.  Examinations:


There will be four (4) exams in this course.  Each exam will count 100 points.  If you cannot attend class the day of the scheduled test, you have one (1) week only to take the make-up exam.  It is your responsibility to contact the instructor about scheduling the make-up exam.  Make-up exams may be essay in nature.  The instructor must be contacted within one day after the missed exam.  After one (1) week, if you have not tested, you will receive a “0”.


B.  In-Class and Homework Assignments:


At the discretion of the instructor, in-class and homework assignments will occur during this course.  Each assignment will count ten (10) points.  These assignments will consist of quizzes, writing assignments, special projects, role plays and group activities.  These assignments cannot be made up; it is, therefore, advantageous for students to attend class regularly. 


C.  Proficiency Projects: 


All CVSS majors are required to demonstrate practical application of knowledge regarding their chosen field of study through an assessment center process. Consequently, students will be challenged in each course with a project demonstrating knowledge of the subject matter.  It is critical that students complete the assigned proficiency project.  This project will become a part of the student’s portfolio which will be assessed in one of the capstone assessment exercises.


All students are required to complete this project.  The proficiency project for this class is a research paper with an interview component. Students will select a topic related to sexual assault and will prepare a research paper on the topic. The paper must incorporate information received from interviewing a professional who has experience in dealing with a related aspect of sexual assault.


One purpose of this exercise is to develop communication skills. Advocates must have the ability to communicate with a variety of professionals. In addition, advocates must have empathy for others and learn to appreciate the unique talents and roles of various professionals involved in the criminal justice process.


1.  Topic Request:  Students will prepare a paragraph describing the general topic area of the proposed proficiency paper.  This information will be submitted to the instructor no later than June 15.  This assignment is worth 20 points.


2.  Interviewee and Questions:  Students will select a member of one of the following professions to interview.  The information obtained from the interview will be included in the narrative of the proficiency project:


a.  Law Enforcement Officer who has conducted the field investigation(s) in rape

      and/or child sexual abuse cases.

b.  Police Detective who investigates crime against persons, for example; rapes, child

      sexual abuses, sexually motivated homicides.

c.  Crime analyst who processes date involving rapes, stalking, etc.

d.  Prosecutor who prosecutes sexual assaults.

e.  Defense attorney or public defender who has defended persons accused of rape

      and/or child sexual abuse.

f.  Crime Scene Investigator who has processed crime scenes involving sexual


g.   SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Nurse.

h.   Physician who has examined rape victims and/or child sexual abuse victims.

i.   A probation or parole officer who has supervised registered sex offenders.

j.   A therapist who has expertise in sex offender treatment.

k.  A Specialist in blood stain interpretation, ballistics, tool mark identification, finger

      print identification etc. or a victim advocate who has testified in court as an expert

      witness and/or has worked with victims of sexual assault.

l.   A forensic chemist who has analyzed evidence and testified in court in cases

      involving sexual assaults.

m. A judge who has presided over sexual assault trials.


Following the selection of an interviewee, students will prepare a list of at least ten (10) questions to ask the proposed interviewee.  The questions should be structured toward the interviewee’s professional specialty.  The list of questions must be submitted for review and approval of the instructor prior to the actual interview.  The name, job title, agency, and telephone number of the person you are proposing to interview and the proposed questions are due no later than June 22. This assignment is worth 20 points.


2.  Reference List:  A minimum of five (5) professional references in addition to the interview are required. At least one of the references must be a peer-reviewed professional journal article.  These references will be in addition to the interviewee and will be submitted to the instructor no later than July 13.  References must be in compliance with the format set forth in the Pocket Guide to APA Style; failure to comply with formatting requirements will result in an automatic deduction of 25% of this grade.  The textbooks for this course cannot be used as a reference for this assignment.  This assignment is worth a possible 20 points.


4.  Proficiency Project Paper:  Upon completion of the interview, prepare a five (5) page minimum paper detailing findings regarding sexual assault.  Information from the interview, properly cited, must be incorporated into the narrative.  Points will be deducted if the body of the paper is less than five (5) full pages of narrative.  Pictures, graphs, or other materials may be appended to the paper, but will not count as a portion of the required five-page narrative.  A title page, body of the report, reference list and list of interview questions with answers are required.  The title page must contain at a minimum, the student’s name, the title of the project, the name of the assignment (i.e. proficiency project), the name of the class, the name of the instructor, and the date the assignment is submitted.  Late papers will be accepted for only one week following the due date. However, five points will be deducted for each day after the due date.  Papers not received within a week will receive a “0” grade.  This proficiency paper is due July 22 and counts 100 points.


Points for proficiency projects are:


               Topic Request                                    20

               Reference List                                   20

               Interviewee and Questions              30

               Paper                                                 100

               Total Points Possible                      170  



D.  Guidelines for Papers and Proficiency Projects:


Citation of References:  All references and resource materials must be cited in the assignment in conformity with the format set forth in Pocket Guide to APA Style, Third Edition by Robert Perrin.  More detailed and specific citation information can be located at  References must be cited within the narrative and a list of references, correctly formatted in APA Style, must be appended at the end of the paper.  The textbook(s) for this class cannot be used as references.  Points will be deducted for improper citation.


Original Content:  A minimum of two-thirds of the paper must be original writing properly cited.  Citation is used to support, validate or illustrate the thesis of the paper.


Format:  Papers must be typed and double-spaced in 12 point font.  Three type fonts are acceptable:  Times New Roman, Arial, or Century Gothic.  Papers must be double-spaced.  Margins must be one inch around the page.  A title page, body of report, and resource section are required.  The title page must contain at a minimum, the student’s name, the title of the project, the name of the assignment (i.e. opinion paper), the name of the class, the name of the instructor and the date the assignment is due.   Pages of the body of the report, paper, or project must be numbered.  Points will be deducted for improper formatting. 


Grading for Structure and Format:  In an academic environment, structure and format of written works are important, and amount to 25% of the grade of written projects.  The following criteria will be used to assess the quality of the structure and format of written work:






            Spelling and Grammar                                                        5 %

            Structure (including margins, paragraph indentations, page

                        numbering and line spacing)                                5 %

            In-text Citations and References                                      5 %

            Reference Page (including quality of references, appropriate

                        citing of sources in APA format                        10 %

            Total Points for Structure and Format                           25 %  


Submission of Assignments:  Unless specifically requested by the instructor, papers and other projects will NOT be accepted electronically.  Unless otherwise specified by the instructor, papers are due no later than the end of the class period for which they are assigned.  Late papers will be accepted for up to one (1) week past the due date; however, unless otherwise stipulated, all late papers receive a maximum grade of half the total possible credit of the project.   After one (1) week, papers will not be accepted and a grade of “0” will be given for the assignment.


Plagiarism:  Plagiarism will not be tolerated! Definition of Plagiarism:  The representation of previously written, published or created work as one’s own.  Wherever the wording, arguments, data, design, etc. belonging to someone else are used in a paper, report, oral presentation, or similar academic project, this fact must be made explicitly clear by citing the appropriate references or sources.  The reference wording must fully indicate the extent to which any part or parts of the project are attributed to others.  Paraphrased materials must be acknowledged in the same manner as material that is used verbatim.  Note:  The instructor may, at his or her discretion, request work be submitted in electronic format.  Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct and may result in an “F” for the assignment, an “F” for the course, or expulsion from the University.  (Refer to the OSU-OKC Student Handbook.)


   E.  Portfolios and Alternate Projects:


CVSS majors are required to complete this assignment.   Students will obtain a professional quality, three ring binder, subject dividers, and page protectors.  CVSS majors will organize the binder in the following manner:


                 Cover Page

      Section 1       Table of Contents

      Section 2       Cover Letter

      Section 3       Mission Statement / Professional Philosophy

      Section 4      Resume                             

      Section 5       Biographical Info

      Section 6       Community Involvement / Volunteer Work

      Section 7       Academics – Honors Projects, Service Learning, Scholastic

                              Awards, Etc.

      Section 8       Course Work – A Separate Section Is Required For Each

                              CVSS Class; Include Course Syllabus and Proficiency Project For                                                       Each CVSS Class


For this class, students are not required to complete Section 2 – 7.  However, the Cover Page and Sections 1 (Table of Contents) and 8 (Course Work) should be up to date.  Portfolios and required materials will be examined by the Department Head of Social Services and other instructors.  This assignment counts fifty (50) points. Students may submit portfolios on or prior to July 6.  However, after 5:00 p.m. on July 6, a “0” will be recorded for students who failed to submit their portfolio as required.


Proficiency projects must be included for each CVSS course completed from the Spring Semester, 2000, to the present.  If these projects are not included, it will impact the fifty points possible (-20 points for each missing assignment or syllabus) in this course as well as other CVSS courses.  In addition, it will be impossible for the student to pass the portfolio review exercise during the assessment center as well as the portfolio examination by the instructor during the Occupational Proficiency course.  If you failed to complete the required assignment during a course, you must complete it in order to receive full credit for this course and successfully complete the Occupational Proficiency course. In order to receive full credit, the student’s name must be clearly and easily visible on either the outside of the portfolio or on a cover page located immediately inside the front flap of the notebook.  Note:  Students are responsible for retrieval of their portfolios after grading.  Any portfolio remaining unclaimed two weeks following the end of the semester will be disassembled and shredded.


Alternate Projects:  Students who are not majoring in either CVSS or ECEA will be assigned an alternate project which will replace the portfolio. The instructor will provide written instructions for students who are not CVSS or ECEA majors for an alternate fifty (50) point assignment.  Papers will follow the guidelines and formatting requirements provided for the proficiency project.  The alternative assignment is due July 6.




All grades on examinations, projects, assignments, and activities will be given in numerical form.  At the end of the semester all grades will be totaled and divided by the total points possible.  The percentage obtained will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:




               90 – 100%     A

               80 -   89%      B

               70 -   79%      C

               60 -   69%      D

               Below 59%    F


It is recommended students keep track of grades and keep all assignments returned to you.  In this way any differences which may exist between the instructor’s records and student’s records can be corrected.  If you do not retain your graded assignments, the instructor’s recorded grade will take precedence for final grade calculation.






Breakdown of Total Possible Points:


                  Attendance                                                    50 points

                  Exams (4)                                                      400 points @ 100 points each

                  Interview Report                                           170 points

                  Portfolio                                                          50 points


                  Total Points                                                   670 Possible Points


                  In class assignments, homework, and role play @ 10 points each.


Final Grade Reports:

Final grade reports are not mailed to students.  Students may check grades via the Internet at beginning Spring 2003.  Student PIN numbers will be required to access grades – this number may be obtained by calling the OSU-OKC Records office at 945-8692.  If you have already been using the on-line enrollment system, please use the same PIN number to access grades.




Grade Requirement:  Students graduating with and Associates Degree in Applied Science in Crime Victim/Survivor Services must earn a minimum final course grade of a “C” or higher in all Crime Victim/Survivor Services degree specific courses in order to satisfy degree requirements.  This CVSS grade requirement policy is effective Summer 2008 forward and does not include classes taken prior to Summer 2008.


Service Learning:  The objective of Service Learning is to promote student learning and development, stimulate academic performance, increase students’ understanding of the field of crime victim/survivor services.  Service Learning projects will be documented on the OSU-OKC Student Activities Transcript, and noted on the commencement program at the time of graduation. 


Service Learning involves volunteer work in a learning environment pertinent to crime victim advocacy and completion of a journal.  Anyone who completes a Service Learning Project will receive EXTRA CREDIT for this course.  Specifics on Service Learning may be obtained on the OSU-OKC website.  (Go to  Click on “Current Students”.  Scroll down to “Service Learning”.  The entire student packet can be downloaded and completed.)  Points will be given based on the number of hours you volunteer.


                                             20-29 hours – 15 points

                                             30-39 hours – 20 points

                                             40(+) hours – 25 points


Hours must to be completed at a facility/organization related to the crime victim/survivor services discipline, and must be signed by an authorized representative or employee of the facility.  The instructor must pre-approve the site, and the student must complete all paperwork BEFORE beginning work at the facility.  Students need to complete the paperwork and have a site selected no later than the second week of the semester—July 15.  This is a great opportunity to network, learn about the field of crime victim advocacy, earn extra credit AND give back to our community – please consider participating!!!


Honors Credit:  Any student interested in completing an Honors Contract for this course may do so by completing a request for Honors Credit Contract and submitting it to the instructor.  Students who complete an honors contract must receive a “B” or better in the course to earn an “HONORS” designation on the transcript.  Honors work is outside the normal requirements for this course; therefore, if the student does NOT complete their contract, it will NOT affect their grade in the class.


Students should anticipate expending a minimum of twenty-five hours above and beyond the normal time expenditure for this course in order to prepare an acceptable honors project.  Contracts must be submitted for review by the instructor by the end of the second week of class.  The contracts are then forwarded to the Honors Committee for review by the fourth week of the semester.  Completed projects are due no later than July 15.


A.D.A. Accommodation Statement:  OSU – Oklahoma City complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must make their request known by contacting the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities located on the first floor of the Student Center Office 112, or call (405) 945-3385.  All accommodations must be approved by the Services to Students with Disabilities Office.


Notice to Students Regarding Transferability of Coursework:  The Associate of Applied Science degree in Crime Victim/Survivor Services is designed to prepare graduates for entry level positions in the victim advocacy field.  While some of the courses will satisfy degree requirements at a four-year university, the degree WILL NOT transfer holistically.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the receiving institution to verify which OSU-OKC coursework will or will not be accepted.


Background Checks: Due to the nature of the work, practicum sites, volunteer sites and potential employers in the field often require a background check for criminal records prior to placement or hiring with that agency. 


Diversity of Instruction:  The instructor does not necessarily endorse all of the viewpoints which will be presented.  However, it is extremely important to your overall learning experience for you to be presented all sides and then be allowed to formulate your own opinion of the material.  We want to enable you to choose.


Cell Phones and Pagers:  Cell phones (cell phone calls and texting) and other electronic devices are disruptive to the class.  If a student’s work or family situation requires the student to keep the device turned on during class, the instructor needs to be alerted and the student must turn the electronic device to a silent or vibrate mode.  If a student must receive a call or receive a message during class, the student must leave the room.  A student may not make calls or text messages during class.  Cell phones and all electronic devices may not be used during an exam unless stipulated by an instructor.  Should a student continue to use cell phones or other electronic devices during class without instructor approval, they will be asked to leave class and loose attendance points for that class period.  Use of a cell phone or electronic device during an exam is considered academic misconduct, and the student will be subject to the appropriate penalties.  This policy may be strengthened by the instructor.


Unattended Children Policy:  For personal safety of children and potential problems in supervision, children should not be at any location on campus without adult supervision.  No children are permitted in classrooms, laboratories, teaching areas or the Library.


Academic Dishonest or Misconduct:  Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned nor tolerated at institutions within the Oklahoma State University system.  Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed in an attempt to gain undeserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another.  Academic misconduct is behavior that results in intellectual advantage obtained by violating specific standard, but without deliberate intent or use of fraudulent means.  Academic dishonesty or misconduct cases are governed by the OSU-Oklahoma City Campus Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.  Copies of the Student Rights and Responsibilities can be obtained from the Student Activities and Campus Life Office or an electronic version is also available online at 


Instructional Statement:  Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the OSU-Oklahoma City Catalog, Student Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule. 


Global Education Mission:  Global Education is an institutional commitment to providing learning environments that provide a cross-cultural global perspective through all facets of the educational process.  This institutional commitment to Global Education shall manifest itself throughout the entire institution, providing support for diversity, international, and inter-cultural educational opportunities.  These opportunities will be institutionalized through curricular and co-curricular activities. This institutional commitment to Global Education will assist OSU-OKC in accomplishing its mission of preparing students for an increasingly technological and global society.


Crime Victim/Survivor Services Learning Outcomes Statement:  At the conclusion of coursework for an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Crime Victim/Survivor Services, students will:


1.  Explain different crimes and the effects on victims.

2.  Accurately access risks of victims of crime and identify support, education, referral, and intervention services needed.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of current law and ethical standards related to victim services and victim rights.

4.  Examine the impact of cultural, ethnic, racial, life-experience diversity on victims of crime and demonstrate appropriate intervention and referral skills.

5.  Articulate the comprehensive definition of the role of a crime victim advocate.


OSU-OKC Campus-Wide Learning Outcomes Statement: Upon completion of General Education Curriculum, students should be proficient in demonstrating the following competencies:


Learning Outcome #1: Critical Thinking:



Critical thinking skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to comprehend complex ideas, data, and concepts; to make inferences based on careful observation; to make judgments based on specific and appropriate criteria; to solve problems using specific processes and techniques; to recognize relationships among the arts, culture, and society; to develop new ideas by synthesizing related and/or fragmented information; to apply knowledge and understanding to different contexts, situations and/or specific endeavors; and to recognize the need to acquire information.  


*All courses will contain assignments that demonstrate critical thinking, but not all       courses will include all critical thinking elements listed.


              Learning Outcome #2: Effective Communications



           Effective communication is the ability to develop organized, coherent, unified written                   or oral presentations for various audiences and situations.


      Learning Outcome #3:  Computer Proficiency



Computer proficiency includes a basic knowledge of operating systems, word processing, and Internet research capabilities.

      Learning Outcome #4:  Civic Responsibility



Preparation for civic responsibility in the democratic society of the United States includes acquiring knowledge of the social, political, economic, and historical structures of the nation in order to function effectively as citizens in a country that is increasingly diverse and multicultural in its population and more global in its view and functions



Learning Outcome #5:  Global Awareness



Global awareness includes knowledge of the geography, history, cultures, values, ecologies, languages, and present day issues of different peoples and countries, as well as an understanding of the global economic, political and technological forces which define the interconnectedness and shape the lives of the world’s citizens.




June 8



Syllabus Distribution and Discussion and Course Overview


History of Sexual Assault


Rape Myths





Chapter 1


June 10

Class Exercise:  In Her Shoes




June 15






Rape Trauma Syndrome


Typologies of Rapists


Topic Request Due For Proficiency Project

Chapters 3 & 9



June 17

Exam I


Acquaintance, Date and Spousal Rape



Chapter 2






June 22

Rape Recovery



Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse


Chapter 2



Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (Salter)

June 24

Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse


Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse


Interviewee and Questions Due for Proficiency Project



Chapters 1 & 2





June 31

Victim Response to Childhood Sexual Abuse


Chapters 4, 5, & 6 (Salter






Chapter 5


Chapter 4


July 1

Exam 2






July 6

Overview of Legal Issues

Oklahoma Sexual Assault Laws


Portfolios and Alternative Projects Due



Chapter 7



July 8

Forensic Medical Examination—Guest Lecturer--SANE Nurse Examiner, YWCA




Chapter 4


Chapter 2



July 13

Legal Issues—Guest Lecturer

Pam Stillings, Asst. District Attorney, Sex Crimes

Unit, Oklahoma County DA


Reference List for Proficiency Projects Due


Chapter 8


Chapter 3



July 15




July 20

Exam 3


Working with Special Populations


Sexual Harassment, Professional Sexual Misconduct




July 22

Proficiency Projects and Alternatives Due



July 27

Containment of Sex Offender Management in the Community—Jennifer McLaughlin, Vice President

Oklahoma Coalition for Sex Offender Management




July 29

Final Exam












Syllabus Modification Statement: Faculty has the right to change or modify the course syllabus materials during the academic year.  Any changes will be shared with students.  All changes in the instructor’s policies after the semester has begun must be made in writing as part of a written addendum to the course syllabus; this addendum should be clearly labeled as such and dated.



Revised:  May 2010