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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Abstract

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
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Crime Victims
assault
gender-specific factors
offense
Psychiatry
Rape
Urban Hospitals
Police
rape
hospitalization
experience
Hospitalization
police
ethnicity
Demography
minority
Interviews
Wounds and Injuries
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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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Gender differences in victim and crime characteristics of sexual assaults. / Kimerling, Rachel; Rellini, Alessandra; Kelly, Vanessa; Judson, Patricia L.; Learman, Lee A.

In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 17, No. 5, 01.05.2002, p. 526-532.

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Kimerling, R, Rellini, A, Kelly, V, Judson, PL & Learman, LA 2002, 'Gender differences in victim and crime characteristics of sexual assaults', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 526-532. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260502017005003
Kimerling, Rachel ; Rellini, Alessandra ; Kelly, Vanessa ; Judson, Patricia L. ; Learman, Lee A. / Gender differences in victim and crime characteristics of sexual assaults. In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2002 ; Vol. 17, No. 5. pp. 526-532.
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