153093 Prevalence of Male Sexual Assault in Virginia: A Population-Based Study

Wednesday, November 7, 2007: 3:15 PM

Saba Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH , Epidemiology and Community Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Lisa Anderson, MPH , Epidemiology & Community Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Background: Male sexual assault is a serious public health issue. It is mostly under-reported and unrecognized, making the estimation of its true magnitude difficult. This population-based study examines the prevalence and determines correlates of male sexual assault in Virginia.

Methods: In a random-digit-dialing (RDD) telephone survey conducted between November 2002 and February 2003, a total of 705 adult men were interviewed. Survey respondents were asked about history, type and consequences of the sexual assault. Information on demographic characteristics and help-seeking behaviors was also collected.

Results: The lifetime prevalence of male sexual assault in Virginia was 12.9%. The prevalence of child molestation and rape was 6.4% and 4.5%, respectively. About 60% of the perpetrators were males, and 25% of those surveyed reported to have been victimized by a friend. Only 6.6% reported the incident to the police and 15.4% sought counseling. Logistic regression analysis showed that victims of sexual violence were more likely to be depressed. Compared to those who reported no history of sexual assault, those assaulted were three times more likely to be depressed [OR=3.12, 95%CI =1.90-5.12]. No statistically significant difference was found for race, age, ethnicity, marital status or perceived health status.

Conclusion: This study confirms that male sexual assault is a prevalent problem in Virginia. It is also evident that victimized men were more likely to be depressed and yet did not seek health services. Efforts should be made to reach men with a history of sexual assault.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the prevalence of sexual assault in Virginia Describe the different characteristics of male sexual assault Describe determinants of sexual assault

Keywords: Sexual Assault, Male Health

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