Nearly Half of Young Men Report 'Sexual Coercion'
43% had unwanted sexual experience
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2014 1:47 AM CDT
Updated Mar 27, 2014 6:03 AM CDT
Some 7% of young men reported being plied with booze or drugs before unwanted sexual advances.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A huge proportion of young men say they have ended up submitting to unwanted sexual advances—and 95% of the time, a female they knew was the aggressor, according to new research. The study found that 43% of high school or college-age men reported being coerced into unwanted sexual behavior, CBS reports. "Sexual victimization continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States, but the victimization of men is rarely explored," the lead researcher said in a press release. "Our findings can help lead to better prevention by identifying the various types of coercion that men face and by acknowledging women as perpetrators against men."

How the coercion broke down: 18% said they were physically forced into it; 31% said they were verbally compelled. Around half of the students who gave in ended up having intercourse, while 40% said the result was kissing or fondling, the Smithsonian notes. Some 7% said they were coerced after being given alcohol or drugs—and experienced "significant distress" as a result. The unwanted sex, however, did not appear to affect the young men's self-esteem. "It may be the case that sexual coercion by women doesn't affect males' self-perceptions in the same way that it does when women are coerced. Instead it may inadvertently be consistent with expectations of masculinity and sexual desire," the lead researcher says.

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Craig
Jul 21, 2015 8:01 AM CDT
This is easy. Match the aggressive guys and gals up. The web site could be submit.com
joeschmo8675309
Apr 7, 2014 5:51 PM CDT
In my whole adult life this has never, ever happened to me nor have I heard it from any of my friends. Too bad.
CaptainStubing
Apr 1, 2014 8:09 PM CDT
Actually it's more like this: "Kyle? Look at me, Kyle! We've talked about this. I know I'm only your penis, but I want...no, I DEMAND you to take me over there right now so I can talk to that woman!"