Multiple perpetrator sexual assault: how does it differ from assault by a single perpetrator?

 

Author(s)Morgan, Louise, Bernadette Brittain and Jan Welch
Title Multiple perpetrator sexual assault: how does it differ from assault by a single perpetrator?
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence,2012, Vol.27, No. 2, pp 186-208
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary The aim of this study was to study multiple sexual assault and isolate any characteristic features of the perpetrators, the victims and the nature of the assaults. A retrospective study was made of patient notes over a four year period at the Haven Sexual Assault Referral Centre in London. A total of 136 cases of multiple perpetrator sexual assault (MPSA) were included in the study, together with a comparison group of 139 cases of single perpetrator sexual assault (SPSA). It was found that victims of MPSA were significantly younger than victims of SPSA and prevalence of injury was also significantly higher for MPSA victims. Almost a third of the assaults by multiple perpetrators were carried out by complete strangers compared with approximately 18% of single perpetrator assaults. Victims of MPSA were also found to have more likely reported self-harm. The authors suggest that this research and future research into the characteristics of multiple perpetrator sexual assault can assist in targeting crime prevention and education programs and supporting victims.
Keywords Sexual assault; multiple perpetrators; rape
Topic Sexual assault