UNH Crimes against Children Research Center: Nearly 1 in 10 Young People Report Perpetrating Sexual Violence

UNH Crimes against Children Research Center: Nearly 1 in 10 Young People Report Perpetrating Sexual Violence

Oct 11, 2013

Nearly 1 in 10 people 21 years of age or younger reported perpetrating some type of coercive or forced sexual violence during their lifetime, and perpetrators reported more exposure to violent X-rated material, according to a new study co-authored by Kimberly Mitchell, research associate professor of psychology at the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center.

Mitchell and Michele Ybarra, president and research director of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif., estimated adolescent sexual violence perpetration and reported details of the experience after analyzing data for 1,058 young people between the ages of 14 and 21 years in the Growing Up with Media study. They focused on sexual violence as coercive and forced sexual behavior.

Sexual violence is a public health problem with more than 1 million victims and associated costs of almost $127 billion each year, according to the study background. Sexual violence can start in adolescence but there has been little research to characterize adolescents who perpetrate sexual violence until this study.

The study was supported by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was published online on October 7, 2013 in JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.

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Journal article: Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents

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