Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Health Promotion and Human Performance

First Advisor

Professor Richard Karcher

Second Advisor

Professor Jodi Schumacher


Professional and college athletes are frequently in the spotlight for their involvement in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. However, while many athletes are in the news regarding these actions and/or arrests, very infrequently are they convicted for their crimes. In contrast, when looking at domestic violence and sexual assault cases involving non-athletes, arrest and conviction rates were found to differ significantly from those arrest and conviction rates found of athletes, both collegiate and professional.