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Characterizing Sexual Violence Victimization in Youth: 2012 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
  • Published Date:
    Feb 12 2018
  • Source:
    Am J Prev Med. 54(4):596-599.
  • Language:
    English
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  • Pubmed ID:
    29449134
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC6007810
  • Description:
    Introduction

    Youth sexual violence victimization is an urgent public health concern that can lead to a variety of health problems and increased risk for victimization during adulthood. Examining the characteristics of early victimization and their association with subsequent victimization during adulthood may help strengthen primary prevention efforts.

    Methods

    Data are from the 2012 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Prevalence estimates were computed in 2017 for rape and made to sexually penetrate, their subtypes, as well as proportions among victims by type of perpetrator. Chi-square tests of association were conducted between youth sexual violence victimization and the same experiences in adulthood.

    Results

    Approximately 10 million U.S. females (8.4%) experienced completed or attempted rape and 1.9 million U.S. males (1.6%) were made to penetrate someone during youth. Most victims knew their perpetrators. Being raped or made to penetrate during youth was associated with increased likelihood of such victimization in adulthood.

    Conclusions

    Females and males experience youth sexual violence victimization at alarming rates. Primary prevention efforts with youth are critical to prevent early victimization, subsequent victimization in adulthood, and the mental and physical health consequences associated with sexual violence victimization.

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