Sexual Coercion

Sexual coercion is typically defined as the use of verbal pressure or manipulation to have nonconsensual sexual intercourse. It is considered a component or tactic of sexual victimization. Sexual victimization is often referred to as gender-based violence and has historically been conceptualized as a tactic to exert power over women. Thus, sexual coercion is also considered a form of gender-based violence. This entry briefly introduces sexual coercion as it relates to gender-based violence and summaries of victimization and perpetration. The entry concludes with a discussion of the psychological consequences of sexual coercion for victims.

Victims and Perpetrators

Results from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey estimated that 13% of women (approximately 15 million) and 6% of men (approximately 7 million) experienced sexual coercion in ...

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