Gender differences in victim and crime characteristics of sexual assaults

Rachel Kimerling, Alessandra Rellini, Vanessa Kelly, Patricia L. Judson, Lee A. Learman

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The current study examines gender differences in victim and crime characteristics in an effort to determine the extent to which sexual assault is a similar experience for men and for women. Data from a routine structured interview was obtained from medical charts of 842 women and 128 men seen at an urban hospital-based rape treatment center. Demographic characteristics were similar, although males were more like to identify as gay or bisexual, and women were more likely to be of minority ethnicity, Men were more likely to report acute psychiatric symptoms, a history of psychiatric disorder, and a history of psychiatric hospitalization, Women were more likely to experience vaginal or anal penetration, to sustain injuries, and to make a police report. Implications for services for both men and women are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-532
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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