Self-reported childhood and adolescent sexual abuse among adult homosexual bisexual men

Child Abuse Negl. Nov-Dec 1992;16(6):855-64. doi: 10.1016/0145-2134(92)90087-8.


From May 1989 through April 1990, 1,001 adult homosexual and bisexual men attending sexually transmitted disease clinics were interviewed regarding potentially abusive sexual contacts during childhood and adolescence. Thirty-seven percent of participants reported they had been encouraged or forced to have sexual contact before age 19 with an older or more powerful partner; 94% occurred with men. Median age of the participant at first contact was 10; median age difference between partners was 11 years. Fifty-one percent involved use of force; 33% involved anal sex. Black and Hispanic men were more likely than white men to report such sexual contact. Using developmentally-based criteria to define sexual abuse, 93% of participants reporting sexual contact with an older or more powerful partner were classified as sexually abused. Our data suggest the risk of sexual abuse may be high among some male youth and increased attention should be devoted to prevention as well as early identification and treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Bisexuality*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Ethnicity
  • Homosexuality*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Racial Groups
  • Sexual Behavior