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NCJ Number
JAMA Volume: 267 Issue: 22 Dated: (June 10, 1992) Pages: 3064-3066
G H Lipscomb; D Muram; P M Speck; B M Mercer
Date Published
3 pages
This study compared the demographics, physical findings, and assault characteristics of incarcerated, sexually assaulted men with those of nonincarcerated sexually assaulted men.
The study sample consisted of 99 adult male victims of sexual assault evaluated over a 3-year period. The setting was the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center, a nonhospital-based clinic that is the primary resource for sexually assaulted victims in the Memphis and Shelby County (Tennessee) area. Subjects were all adult male victims of sexual assault evaluated at the Center during the study period. Ninety-nine victims were studied, including 80 incarcerated men and 19 men from the community. Findings indicate that the victims of sexual assault in the community group were older than the victims in the incarcerated group. Apart from the age difference and weapon use, there were no statistically significant differences between the incarcerated and nonincarcerated victims. The similarities between the two groups suggest that sexual assault of men may not be unique to prisons, and all men are potential victims. Additional studies are required to improve knowledge about these crimes and to develop education and prevention programs. 1 table and 14 references