Characteristics of male and female victims of sexual coercion

Hartwick, Cailey; Desmarais, Serge; Hennig, Karl
March 2007
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2007, Vol. 16 Issue 1/2, p31
Academic Journal
The current study investigated whether men and women who had experienced sexual coercion shared similar characteristics, and assessed the predictive value of various victim characteristics. Participants were 251 male and 267 female University students. Findings were largely consistent with past literature indicating a prevalence of various forms of coercion of 38.8% for men and 47.9% for women. In addition, past findings on the context of men and women's experience with sexual coercion were replicated, specifically the initiator's strategies, the sexual activities that ensued, and the relationship between the initiator and the victim. For men and women alike, the number of sexual partners, the number of romantic relationships, and the length of the longest romantic relationship were the best predictors of sexually coerced experiences. Furthermore exploration of victim characteristics broke new ground and revealed that the belief in men's sexual accessibility was predictive of sexual victimization for both men and women. Implications of these findings are discussed in reference to sexual script theory.


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