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From coercion to physical force: Aggressive strategies used by women against men in 'forced-to-penetrate' cases in the UK

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/11/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Archives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number8
Volume47
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)2191–2205
Publication statusPublished
Early online date2/08/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

‘Forced-to-penetrate’ cases involve a man being forced-to-penetrate, with his penis and without his consent, a woman’s vagina, anus, or mouth. This article presents the first quantitative and qualitative research findings regarding such cases in the UK, exploring aggressive strategies used by women, as reported by 154 men who experienced them. The most frequently used strategies include coercion, taking advantage of men’s intoxication, and the use of force and threats of physical harm. Novel evidence is presented of women combining multiple strategies within the same incident. The article also argues that some of the strategies used by women are particularly ‘gendered’, with them taking advantage of their roles as women. The findings presented here raise questions for criminal justice professionals working in the area of sexual violence, as well as highlighting the need for future research.