The Border Experiences Project (a.k.a. SOAP) is a research effort to begin learning about the unique features of sexual abuse and sexual offense in the US-Mexico border region. Since the project is housed in the Department of Psychology & Anthropology at the University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, the research has so far centered on the area of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), one of the busiest and most culturally vibrant areas of the US-Mexico border.
The BEP has been involved in several separate but related data collection efforts. Our team is usually between five and fifteen people, mostly undergraduate volunteer research assistants, though we usually have help from a few graduate students, as well. We are busily entering and analyzing various bodies of data, and preparing the results for local conferences, regional conferences, and professional publication.
For more information on the Border Experiences Project, including preliminary data and announcements of activities, please visit the BEP website.