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Studies show female sexual offenders prevalent

Editor’s note: this piece was written and published in Great Britain, and some of the spelling and punctuation reflect the differences between British and American standard spelling and usage.

By Christian Jarrett….

A team of US researchers led by Lara Stemple at the UCLA School of Law has analysed data from several large federal crime victimisation surveys and they say their findings show that sexual offences by women against male and female victims are surprisingly common. Writing in Aggression and Violent Behaviour the researchers stress that they are in no way intending to minimise the human cost of sexual violence perpetrated by men. But they say their results are “sufficiently robust so as to compel a rethinking of long-held stereotypes about sexual victimisation and gender”.

Stemple’s team begin by pointing to data from the Center For Disease Control’s Survey of thousands of people for the “National Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence”. In 2011, for example, this survey showed that equal numbers of men and women reported being forced into non-consensual sex (either raped themselves or forced to penetrate someone else). Extrapolated to the US as a whole, this would represent 1.9 million victims among each sex during the preceding 12 months.

There are similar findings for sex of victim in the 2010 survey, the researchers said, and that year, the survey also included detail on the sex of offender. To illustrate the prevalence of female offending, the researchers highlighted the number of men who reported being forced by a woman to penetrate her. The survey estimated that nearly 4.5 million men in the US had at some time in their lives been forced to penetrate another person, and crucially, that in 79.2 per cent of cases the perpetrator forcing the sexual act was a woman.

Another survey the researchers looked at was the National Crime Victimisation Survey, pooling the data from 2010 to 2013. This showed that female perpetrators (without a male accomplice) were reported in 28 per cent of rape or sexual assault cases against men and 4.1 per cent of such cases against female victims.

Data from prisons collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is equally surprising. Among female prisoners who have been the victims of sexual offences during their incarceration, they far more often report the offender to be another female inmate than a male member of staff. Indeed, contrary to stereotypes, another survey found that women prison inmates were more than three times as likely to be sexually victimised by another women inmate as compared with male prisoners’ risk of sexual victimisation by another male prisoner (bi-sexual women were at highest risk). For boys and men who are incarcerated, the prison data also show that they are overwhelmingly more likely to be sexually victimised by female staff than male staff.

National surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau are also revealing. A 2012 study asked respondents whether they had ever forced someone to have sex against their will: of those who said they had, 43.6 per cent were female (compared with 56.4 per cent of men).

Stemple’s team also considered data from college samples. Most recently, a 2014 study of 284 men and boys in college found that 43 reported having been sexually coerced, mostly unwanted sexual intercourse, with 95 per cent of the perpetrators reported as being female. An earlier survey obtained anecdotal descriptions of sexual violence from perpetrators. One woman described how she “locked the room door that we were in. I kissed and touched him. I removed his shirt and unzipped his pants. He asked me stop. I didn’t. Then I sat on top of him.”

Read the remainder of the piece at the British Psychological Society’s Research Journal.

This topic contains 5 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  phil lovato 2 months, 2 weeks ago.

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  • #19881 Reply

    trish

    NOT EVERYONE HAS TO RUN SWIFTLY TO THE “LAW’ AND GIVE THAT SO AND SO WHAT SHE DESERVES….NO!!! THERE IS NO REAL LAW THAT SAYS OR FORCES ANYONE TO DRAG AN DERANGED INDIVIDUAL BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES FOR THERE FAIR SHARE OF ABUSE!!!!!so that deep FEELING OR DISGUST THAT ENGULFS MY HORRIBLY DEFILED LIFE THAT IS DESTROYED FOREVER… MARRED BY THE EVIL VILLAIN WHO MADE LIFE A LIVING HELL EVERY WAKING MOMENT!!
    HELLO!!!
    WOMEN ARE NOW TAUGHT SHOW HIM HE IS GONNA PAY!!
    THE LAW TAKES OVER EVEN WHEN VICTIMS RECANT OR REFUSE TO THROW THE BOOK(FILE CHARGES) THE LAW REFUSES TO LISTEN FOR PRESTIGE, HONOR AND GLORY.. ON THE LAWS PART…THEY HAVE MANY THINGS TO GAIN BY PUNISHING THE EVIL DOER!!!! THE FACT IS BEING HORNY….DOES NOT MAKE YOU SEXUALLY DEVIANT!  AND MUCH MORE I COULD POINT OUT!!!!! WILL YOU LISTEN!!!!!!!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD MEANT WHEN HE SAID ‘ THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH’ !!!!!! WHERE DO PEOPLE OF THE U.S. THINK THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS COME IN TO PLAY IN THE OVERALL PACT WITH INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY….IF THEY ARE NOT FOR PROTECTING ALL PEOPLE TO LIVE FREE NO MATTER WHAT WHY HAVE A CONSTITUTION!! IT IS AND WAS ESTABLISHED TO STOP!!! EXACTLY WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR MANY YEARS WITH EX OFFENDERS!!!!!!!!!!
    HELLOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • #20101 Reply

    What a report!!

    Very interesting article that should be sent to the Dept of Education, Title IX office specifically, DOJ, and every Congressional person in WDC to read and understand the true myth behind campus “rape culture” is not a one side affair, but goes both ways as the empirical data states. Yes, I know empirical data that cannot be trusted unless it swings a certain way in the interpretation or it is false to begin with.

    It would also be nice if folks understood the large amount of female teachers today being told about in the media who are having relationships with students are not new but part of the prevalent data set and being presented to show the true and real side of the issue not being a male issue only.

    Would be nice to see NARSOL publish this report too ($20 through the website) if they could that is found at the bottom of this article:

    Sexual victimization perpetrated by women: Federal data reveal surprising prevalence

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359178916301446?_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_origin=gateway&_docanchor=&md5=b8429449ccfc9c30159a5f9aeaa92ffb&dgcid=raven_sd_via_email

    (P.S. this could be on the revolving news banner up top on the main page and garner more attention which I think it should)

  • #21173 Reply

    Michael Kuehl

    This report is utter nonsense. How can the average woman force the average man to penetrate her, given that the average man is much bigger and stronger than the average female, and men can’t will and sustain an erection unless they’re aroused. Women can’t commit rape in the pure and literal sense of the word, and the only way a female can force a man in engage in sex acts “against his will” is if she uses a weapon or is so much bigger and stronger than the male that he can’t physically resist and repel her aggressions. Visit my website, freeabigailsimon, to read more on this matter. Or google “Michael Kuehl, Abigail Simon.

    • #21745 Reply

      phil lovato

      A woman can coerce and force by use of legal system, ‘do it or else’,

  • #21627 Reply

    Pam Scott

    Of course women coerce men into sex against their will. But then again, the evolving description of rape where coercion is equal to rape is weird and ultimately unsustainable. We need to empower our children to say “no” and mean it – not go through with a sex act that makes them uncomfortable and then call in the authorities.

    I know this is edging close to victim blaming, but that is not how I intend to sound. Let’s try to empower ourselves out of victimhood altogether.

    A strong, aware, sexually educated populous that can make their own decisions would reduce so much of our sex offense culture.

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