Sexual assault on men

Int J STD AIDS. 1991 Jul-Aug;2(4):258-60. doi: 10.1177/095646249100200406.


Epidemiological data in 13 cases of sexual assault on men who attended a sexual assault referral centre are presented. All the assailants were male. The sexual orientation of the victims was predominantly heterosexual (7 of 13), 3 considered themselves to be homosexual and 3 were confused about their sexual orientation. The average age at the time of assault was 21.6 years. The most common form of assault was anal intercourse which occurred in 8 cases, followed by forced oral penetration which occurred in 6 cases. The proportion of known:unknown assailants (8:5) shows similar characteristics to those seen in female rape, use of weapons and multiple assailants were more common in assault on men. Seven men (54%) developed psychological problems following assault, and this was their main reason for presentation to the centre.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • England / epidemiology
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men / psychology*
  • Rape / diagnosis
  • Rape / psychology
  • Rape / statistics & numerical data*
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Truth Disclosure