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|
|Sex of the perpetrator||Men % (n=7970)||Women % (n=9367)|
|Both male and female||18.3||3.6|
Table 2. Sex of perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse (Dube et al. 2005)