Reflecting on the stats

Whilst meta analysis can provide a useful over arching view, it is through comparison and drilling down to the detail that we can start to better understand the patterns of offending against males. The table and information below provide a snapshot of the prevalence and characteristics of sexual abuse of males and females taken from two large scale studies published in 2005 (Dube et al. 2005; Personal Safety Survey 2005).

Question 1.  In looking at the data, what catches your attention?

Question 2.  What are the reported similarities and differences in experience of male and female respondents?

Type of sexual abuse Men % (n=7970) Women % (n=9367)
Touched in a sexual way 13.2 22.5
Forced to touch an adult 8.1 7.9
Attempted sexual intercourse 7.3 8.6
Completed sexual intercourse 6.7 5.6
Any type of childhood sexual abuse 16.0 24.7
Table 1. Prevalence of differing types of sexual abuse for men and women (Dube et al. 2005).

Sex of the perpetrator Men % (n=7970) Women % (n=9367)
Male Only 51.0 91.9
Female Only 20.8 2.1
Both male and female 18.3 3.6
Not specified 9.9 2.4

Table 2. Sex of perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse (Dube et al. 2005)