What is it about?

Given Asian American women’s unique experiences of racialized sexism including being fetishized, hypersexualized, and deemed submissive, they may be more vulnerable to sexual assault. Following a review of the existing literature, mental health professionals were interviewed to determine culturally-attuned treatment approaches for Asian American survivors of sexual violence.

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Why is it important?

This paper advances knowledge and treatment approaches for Asian American survivors of sexual violence, a population that has been previously neglected and overlooked. This paper also acknowledges the impact of racialized sexism as experienced by Asian American women, including being hypersexualized, fetishized, and deemed submissive.


Following the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings and the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, I hope this paper sheds light on the violence Asian American women regularly experience and advances culturally-attuned treatment approaches for mental health professionals.

Danielle Espinosa
California State University Fullerton

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This page is a summary of: Not your submissive china doll: Counseling Asian American female survivors of sexual assault at the intersection of racialized sexism., Asian American Journal of Psychology, September 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/aap0000300.
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