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NCJ Number: 237135 Find in a Library
Title: Is Sexual Victimization Gender Specific?: The Prevalence of Forced Sexual Activity Among Men and Women in Denmark, and Self-Reported Well-Being Among Survivors
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:10  Dated:October 2008  Pages:1414-1440
Author(s): Vanita Sundaram; Bjarne Laursen; Karin Helweg-Larsen
Date Published: October 2008
Page Count: 27
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored gender differences in sexual victimizatin, specifically in terms of exposure and self-perceived health status among survivors in Denmark.
Abstract: The present study investigates the prevalence of sexual victimization and correlations between sexual victimization and indicators of poor health in two representative samples of men and women in Denmark. Specifically, the authors explore the prevalence of self-reported victimization among adolescents (N = 5,829) and adults (N = 3,932) and analyze differences in self-reported health outcomes between male and female victims and corresponding controls. Gender differences are found in the reported prevalence of sexual victimization. Significantly more females than males reported forced sexual experiences in both samples. Associations between sexual victimization and poor health outcomes are found for both genders. Comparable patterns of association for men and women are found on a number of variables, particularly those pertaining to risk behavior. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Denmark; Sexual assault
Index Term(s): Male female victim comparisons; Risk taking behavior; Victimization; Victimization risk; Victims in foreign countries
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