Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Study: "females and males had carried out sexual violence at nearly equal levels by the age of 18"

Study: 10 Percent of U.S. Youths Cause Sexual Violence:
Perhaps the most controversial part of the study is that males, traditionally thought of as the perpetrators of sexual violence, are not the only ones responsible for sexual violence—females are too.
"Not long ago, males were asked the perpetrator questions and females were asked the victim questions," Ybarra noted. "We never appreciated the fact that males could be victims and females could be perpetrators.
"[This study] highlights the importance of asking both sexes both questions."
The study found that females and males had carried out sexual violence at nearly equal levels by the age of 18. Of the survey respondents who reported being perpetrators, 48 percent were female and 52 percent were male. Interestingly, females tend to assault older victims, while males are more likely to choose younger victims. Females are also more likely to engage in "gang rape" types of activity and act in groups or teams (1 in 5 females reported this type of activity, compared with 1 in 39 males).
Researchers aren't sure if this pattern is because of differences in developmental trajectories between males and females.