Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women

Federal data reveal surprising prevalence
November 2016

Using data from four surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, this study explores the prevalence and incidence of female sexual perpetration in the US against males and females. The study was published in Aggression and Violent Behavior in September 2016.

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) found that men and women had a similar 12-month prevalence of nonconsensual sex.
According to the NISVS, 79% of victimized men who had experienced non-rape sexual victimization reported female perpetrators.
Heterosexual male victims were much more likely to report abuse by a female perpetrator in their lifetime than bisexual or gay men.

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Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women