Welcome to the SASH Lab!

Welcome to the Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Lab, directed by Dr. Kathryn Holland. In the lab, we study a variety of issues related to sexual assault and sexual health—with the goal of helping people (and especially women) live safer and healthier lives. 

The SASH Lab takes a broad approach to understanding sexual assault and sexual health: examining a full range of sexual assault experiences (e.g., unwanted touching, sexual coercion) and many dimensions of sexual health (e.g., sexual communication, satisfaction) in addition to more conventional conceptualizations of “sexual assault” (e.g., forcible rape) and “sexual health” (e.g., condom use). Some current research interests/areas include: 

  • The implementation and effectiveness of formal support systems for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, including laws and policies (e.g.,  Title IX, Title VII, Clery Act, mandatory reporting), reporting procedures, resources, and education/prevention programs.
  • Service barriers for straight and LGBTQ sexual assault survivors and the consequences of service barriers on mental health and recovery. 
  • The causes and consequences of gendered aggression (e.g., sexual harassment) and prosocial action (e.g., bystander intervention) in interpersonal interactions.
  • The connections between social norms/stereotypes around gender and sexuality (e.g., women are passive and men are aggressive, bisexual women are promiscuous, stigmatization of women's bodies) and women’s sexual health.

If you are interested in applying and have questions, please email: kholland4@unl.edu.