A comparison of men who committed different types of sexual assault in a community sample

J Interpers Violence. 2007 Dec;22(12):1567-80. doi: 10.1177/0886260507306489.


This study extends past research by examining predictors of different types of sexual assault perpetration in a community sample. Computer-assisted self-interviews were conducted with a representative sample of 163 men in one large urban community. As hypothesized, many variables that are significant predictors of sexual assault perpetration in college student samples were also significant predictors in this sample, including empathy, adult attachment, attitudes about casual sex, sexual dominance, alcohol consumption in sexual situations, and peer approval of forced sex. For most measures, the strongest differences were between nonassaulters and men who committed acts that met standard legal definitions of rape. Men who committed forced sexual contact and verbal coercion tended to have scores that fell in between those of the other two groups. The implications of these findings are discussed for community-based sexual assault prevention programs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Coercion*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Rape / psychology*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Urban Population*