Monday, October 03, 2011

The risk of sexual assault

What percent of men are sexually assaulted?  I looked at MIDUS Study data and found that 4.9 percent report at least one victimization. For women, the number is 22.2 percent.

How much of this happens to people who've spent time in jail? Sixteen percent of men who have been locked up have been sexually assualted. Only two percent of never-incarcerated have been victims. For women, 73 percent of women who have served time have been assaulted, compared to 12 percent of women who have never been in jail. Keep in mind that we don't know if assaults happened in jail or not.

The very high figure for criminal women suggests that female victims of male rape are not a random sample of women. Women who are raped are probably more likely to hang out with criminals and to put themselves into dangerous situations.   

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What percent of men are sexually assaulted? I looked at MIDUS Study data and found that 4.9 percent report at least one victimization. For women, the number is 22.2 percent.


That seems like a suspiciously high number for women. (And a somewhat high number for men)

Is this one of those instances where "sexual assault" is being defined to mean "somebody looked at me in a way I didn't like, or said something to me I didn't like"?

I can't access the study you linked to to answer this for myself.

73 percent of women who have served time have been assaulted, compared to 12 percent of women who have never been in jail.


Unless a lot more women have done jail time than I previously suspected, that 12% figure is hard to square with the 22.2% figure above.

Ron Guhname said...

Respondents were asked, "Check the appropriate boxes next to any of the following experiences you have had - SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. (E.G. FORCED SEXUAL INTERCOURSE OR OTHER UNWANTED SEXUAL CONTACT)."

The "unwanted sexual contact" does open the door to too many things.

And you're right--when I calculate the overall sexual assault percentages, it's 4.9 for men and 22.2 for women. But when I add the jail variable to the cross-tab, 144 cases are lost due to missing values, and the estimates change to 2.8 percent for men and 13.5 percent for women. So there's some instability there.

Jim Bowery said...

The government's definition of "terrorism" appears to be that if one in a hundred thousand are subjected to the terror (9/11 attacks), it is sufficient to enter into a state of perpetual war.

Looking at prisoner rape by the same criterion, the government should immediately go into perpetual war against itself.

Oh, but I forget, the real enemy of the government is the white male and, according to Human Rights Watch, those are the primary victims.

Never mind...

Anonymous said...

I doubt the figure for prison rape for men is that low. I bet it's actually somewhat higher,more like 25 +.

Wandrin said...

"I doubt the figure for prison rape for men is that low. I bet it's actually somewhat higher,more like 25 +."

They go for the weakest not the weaker.

"The very high figure for criminal women suggests that female victims of male rape are not a random sample of women. Women who are raped are probably more likely to hang out with criminals and to put themselves into dangerous situations."

They grow up in the same projects.