Risk Factors of Sexual Aggression and Victimization Among Homosexual Men1


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    This study was supported by a grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft to the first author. The authors would like to thank Anja Berger, Immo Fritsche, Andreas Haubner, Susanne Kolpin, Ingrid Möller, and Eva Waizenhöfer for their support in conducting this study. The help and advice of Bastian Finke and his team at Mann-O-Meter e. V. Berlin are also gratefully acknowledged.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Barbara Krahé, University of Potsdam, Department of Psychology, Postfach 60 15 53, D-14415 Potsdam, Germany, e-mail: krahe@rz.uni-potsdam.de


This study examined risk factors of sexual aggression and victimization among homosexual men (N= 310). They completed the Homosexual Experiences Survey to record sexual aggression and victimization and provided information about 2 groups of potential risk factors: childhood abuse and sexual lifestyle (number of partners, age at first intercourse, age at coming out, accepting or paying of money for sex, and rape proclivity). One in 4 respondents reported severe forms of sexual victimization; 17% reported moderate victimization. Prevalence of perpetration of sexual aggression was almost 20% for severe aggression and 9% for moderate aggression. The risk of victimization increased as a function of childhood abuse as well as high number of partners and acceptance of money for sex. The risk of committing sexual aggression was positively related to childhood abuse, acceptance and payment of money for sex, high number of sexual partners, and rape proclivity. The findings are discussed in relation to evidence on heterosexual aggression.