Marquette University News Release

Marquette professor researching the process of sexual assault trials receives young scholar award

July 25, 2013

MILWAUKEE –Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences at Marquette University, was recently named one of the 2013 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award recipients.

The award supports Mulla’s ongoing research on gender violence and sexual assault. The award will allow her to take a semester-long sabbatical while she begins to analyze more than 30 sexual assault cases in Milwaukee County Court during a nine month period. The research is the first field-based study of the sexual assault trial process that analyzes more than two cases and is supported through a National Science Foundation grant. The study will focus on how forensic evidence is used in trials and the impact the evidence has on the victims.

“Victims of sexual assault are additionally burdened by the traumatic demands of making a police report and participating in the investigative and prosecutorial processes, often referred to as secondary victimization,.” Mulla said.

The Way Klingler Young Scholar Award is part of the Way Klingler Faculty Development Program which is intended to advance research and scholarship. The Young Scholar Award supports promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The award of up to $32,000 is intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical. The program was made possible through an $18 million donation from Helen Way Klingler in May 2004.

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