Epidemiological characteristics of male sexual assault in a criminological database

                 
Author(s)Choudhary, Ekta, Douglas Gunzler, Xin Tu and Robert M. Bossarte
Title Epidemiological characteristics of male sexual assault in a criminological database
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence,February 2012, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp 523-546
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The aim of this study was to examine the incident, victim, offender, and arrestee characteristics of male sexual assaults. Data for the study covering 2001 to 2005 was obtained from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) criminological database, which is an incident-based reporting system. The data extracted from the NIBRS, covering 24 states in the USA, showed that there was an average of 6,714 incidents of male sexual assault reported each year. The rate of sexual assault was highest among boys aged between 1 and 9 years, followed by boys between the ages of 10 and 19 years. The majority of the offenders were male and known to the victim either as family members or non-family and only a small proportion of males reported that they were assaulted by a stranger. In the majority of incidents a weapon was not used and the victim did not receive an injury. The authors caution the use of the data as a complete epidemiological profile of male sexual assault, noting the number of sexual assaults not reported to police, and suggest it is used to complement population-based studies and clinical studies.
Keywords Choudhary, Ekta, Douglas Gunzler, Xin Tu and Robert M. Bossarte; Journal of Interpersonal Violence, February 2012, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp 523-546; Journal article; Keywords: Sexual assault; victimisation; children; criminal justice; surveys
Topic

Male victims