Prevalence and consequences of adult sexual assault of men: Review of empirical findings and state of the literature

Author(s)Peterson, Zoe D., Emily K Voller, Melissa A Polusny and Maureen Murdoch
Title Prevalence and consequences of adult sexual assault of men: Review of empirical findings and state of the literature
Source Clinical Psychology Review,2011 , Vol. 31, pp1-24
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the authors review empirical studies of male victims of adult sexual assault (ASA) from the previous 25 years, in North America and Europe, selecting 87 articles for evaluation. A major challenge in reviewing research findings was the variance in definitions for sexual assault used across the studies. A detailed table summarising the studies is included in the article, showing sample characteristics, sample size, response rate, method of obtaining data, rates of sexual assault and definition of sexual assault used. It was noted that methodological differences across studies contributed to discrepancies in estimated prevalence rates and conclusions about the consequences of male ASA. A number of recommendations for future research are made, including further studies in groups of men who may be at a high risk for ASA, such as gay and bisexual men, veterans, and prison inmates.
Keywords Male sexual assault; male victimisation; adult sexual assault; ASA
Topic Sexual assault