Circumstances surrounding male sexual assault and rape: findings from the National Violence Against Women survey

 

Author(s)Light, David and Elizabeth Monk-Turner
Title Circumstances surrounding male sexual assault and rape: findings from the National Violence Against Women survey
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence,2009, Vol 24, No. 11, pp 1849-1858
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the authors review previous research around male sexual assault and explore how these results are supported in a nationally representative sample. Data for this study was selected from the 1994-1996 Violence and Threats of Violence Against Women and Men in the United States Survey. Of the 219 male sexual assault victims, 89% reported they had not received a physical injury and a weapon was not involved in 95% of assaults. Almost one third of respondents sought help after the assault but only 12% reported the assault to the police. The authors suggest that other studies comprising of clinical samples were not showing the full extent of male sexual victimisation as this larger survey sample demonstrated that only 29% of men sought help. More research is needed to understand what men are at risk of victimisation.
Keywords Sexual assault; male rape; survey; victimisation; help-seeking
Topic Male victims; Sexual assault