Emerging research: One in 10 teens has coerced sexual acts - JAMA Pediatrics

08 Oct 2013 10:12 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
Read the article! Nicole Ostrow, the Star Tribune, October 7, 2013

Read the report! Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents, M Ybarra & K Mitchell in JAMA Pediatrics

About one in 10 young people have committed some type of sexual violence during their life, according to one of the first studies to look at young male and female perpetrators on a national level.

Research published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found about 10 percent of those 21 years old and younger said they committed an act of coercive sexual contact, including kissing or touching someone against the other person’s will, persuading someone to have sex with them when the person didn’t want to, attempted rape and completed rape.

Monday’s study is one of the first to provide national estimates of young perpetrators of sexual violence. Researchers analyzed data from 1,058 people ages 14 to 21 who took part in the Growing Up With Media study from 2006 to 2012. 

Perpetrators had more exposure to television, music, games and Internet sites that depict sexual and violent situations than those who didn’t commit the crimes, the authors found. About 40 percent of those who committed sexual violence did so for the first time by age 16, the paper said. Boys started younger but by ages 18 and 19, the number of male and female perpetrators were about equal. Females tended to have older victims, while males had younger victims, the researchers said.

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