Young men who have childhood histories of physical abuse are four and a half times more likely than non-abused boys to use sexually coercive behavior against females. However, the majority of young men with such histories do not exploit girls in this way.
Sexually coercive behavior includes pressuring, persuading, insisting, manipulating, lying, or using physical force to force a partner to have sex when she does not want to.
Professor Erin Casey and her colleagues at the University of Washington studied 5650 men, all of whom participated in three interviews from ages 16 to 22 years old. All participants were heterosexual and had experienced sexual intercourse at least once.
Only 5.6 percent of the participants reported using sexual coercion against a female. However, this group was much more likely to report a childhood history of sexual or physical abuse.
"The higher the frequency of childhood abuse, the more likely a young adult was to engage in sexually coercive behaviors," Dr. Casey said, emphasizing that 55 percent of the men who had been abused did not grow up to use sexually coercive behaviors. She found no link between alcohol problems and sexually coercion.
This study appeared on the ScienceDaily
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