Victimization and Perpetration of Unwanted Sexual Activities Among High School Students: Frequency and Correlates

Corrine M. Williams, Patricia G. Cook-Craig, Heather M. Bush, Emily R. Clear, Alysha M. Lewis, Lisandra S. Garcia, Ann L. Coker, Bonnie S. Fisher

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The objective of this study was to report the frequency of perpetration and victimization of unwanted sexual activities (threatened to end relationship or other pressures to engage in sexual activities, threatened or actual physical force, and facilitated by drugs or alcohol) in a large, statewide sample of high school males and females. Among 18,030 students, 18.5% reported victimization and 8.0% perpetration in the past year. Although females were more likely to report unwanted sexual activities due to feeling pressured, there were no significant sex differences among those reporting physical force or unwanted sexual activities due to alcohol or drug use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1257
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 11 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Research was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement 5U01CE001675.

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© The Author(s) 2014.


  • adolescents
  • perpetration
  • sexual coercion
  • sexual violence
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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