This is an original post just to reference this paper:
Agardh A, Odberg-Pettersson K, Ostergren PO. Experience of sexual coercion and risky sexual behavior among Ugandan university students. BMC Publ Health. 2011;12:527. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-527. [PMC free article].
It has assumed that in countries with little equality between the genders that women are predominately the victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence. Yet again we see that when someone actually bothers to actually survey men as well as women the difference is much less than anticipated by the commonly held belief. This survey among 980 student at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda found that 33.1% of the female students and 29.0% among male students had experienced sexual coercion.
Sexual coercion was defined as answering yes to one or more of the following questions:
- “You have been forced to show your sexual organ”
- “Someone has forced you to let them touch your sexual organ”
- “Someone forced you to let them suck or lick your sexual organ”
- “Someone has forced you to let them show you their own sexual organ”
- “You have been forced to watch someone masturbate”
- “You have been forced to masturbate someone”
- “You have been forced to take part in oral sex or to lick someone’s sexual organ”
- “You have been forced to take part in sexual intercourse with the penis in the vagina, or someone has inserted an object into your vagina”
- “You have been forced to pose for a sex photo or sex film”
From the Discussion paragraph in the paper:
To our knowledge, this study represents the first time that the prevalence of sexual coercion has been assessed in a group of young males in Uganda. It has been claimed that such prevalence is considerably lower among males than females in societies with substantial gender inequity . Such a hypothesis is not supported by our data for Uganda, a country where gender equity is conspicuously absent.
The also mention the assumption that men are less impacted by sexual abuse/violence/coercion:
It has also been suggested that the impact of experience of sexual coercion differs from males to females . However, this hypothesis also finds little support in our analyses.
The same dataset from the survey was also used in this paper published in PLoS ONE 2012; 7(12): e51424. : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3519892/
(Citations from cited text above):
20. Hines DA. Predictors of sexual coercion against women and men: a multilevel, multinational study of university students. Arch Sex Behav. 2007;36(3):403–422. doi: 10.1007/s10508-006-9141-4. [PubMed] [Cross Ref]