College Aged Women - Intuition About Safety

Goals

To prove that United States college aged women between the ages of 17-25, have strong and accurate intuitions about any potential threats to their safety. To see if there is information that would support the following hypothetical statements: One: "XX% of women have strong intuitions about potential dangers," or "XX% of women express regrets about not trusting their intuitions about potential dangers." The ultimate goal is to have statistics that would support this point: "XX% of target has strong intuition about dangers. YY% of women end up not acting on the danger because of ______."

Early Findings

  • Women's intuition, college aged or otherwise, does not seem to have been researched in any effective way. We scanned our proprietary research database of over 1 million sources and were unable to find any specific research reports that address your goals.
  • It is a commonly held belief that women have been given the gift of intuition, which is simply an inner voice telling you when something is not quite right. Many women think that this is a powerful tool and is almost always spot on, but there is no scientific data to prove it. This comes from anecdotal stories.
  • Modern psychologists argue that women have powerful intuition and a heightened ability to read nonverbal communication cues. "A woman's gut instinct and intuition are almost always right.
  • Most American women (61%) say they regularly "take steps to avoid being sexually assaulted. Women are also considerably more likely than men to say that they “always” or “often” feel unsafe participating in everyday activities like taking the bus alone, going on a first date, and exercising outdoors." This source is filled with various statistics but there is no breakdown for age.
  • 52% of college women report knowing a friend who has "experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, tech, verbal or controlling abuse."
  • 43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, tech, verbal or controlling abuse.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline source has many statistics relevant to college aged women, but nothing that relates to intuition.
  • Many college aged women just assume that a college campus will be an unsafe place for them.
  • Kathleen Baty, is a speaker and author on the subject of women's safety om college campuses, and has stated that "All the safety measures and stats in the world won’t help you if you’re not making smart personal-safety choices."
  • This source provides statistics on sexual violence on campuses.

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