Sexual Assault

Sexual assault consists of a continuum of unwanted sexual behaviors ranging from voyeurism, kissing, and touching to attempted or completed vaginal, oral, or anal penetration. Sexual assault can be committed by, and against, both men and women. However, it represents a crime with one of the greatest gender disparities such that women are more often victims and men are more often perpetrators. Sexual assault can have lasting negative health and social consequences for victims. Research and theory indicates some gender differences in the psychological risk factors for, and correlates of, sexual assault. This implicates some gender specific approaches to sexual assault risk reduction, prevention, and intervention programming and treatment. This entry discusses theory and research related to characteristics of sexual assault among men and ...

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