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Understanding Sexual Violence Perpetration—Reply

Michele L. Ybarra, MPH, PhD1; Kimberly J. Mitchell, PhD2
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1Center for Innovative Public Health Research, San Clemente, California
2Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):581-582. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5411.
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In Reply We agree with Reed et al that sexual violence perpetration is gendered. Indeed, this is the story that emerges from our study: although females and males perpetrate sexual assaults at equivalent rates, males are overrepresented in coercive sex and in attempted and completed rapes.1 Among those who have attempted or completed rape, female perpetrators tend to initiate this behavior at an older age than male perpetrators. Accordingly, there are some differences in the type of victims female and male perpetrators describe. We posit in our study1 that these data point to etiological differences in the emergence of sexual violence between males and females. As an epidemiological study, the main aim was to report prevalence rates. We certainly hope that the findings will invigorate future studies that are designed to better illuminate cultural and gender differences that may help contextualize the rates that we observed.

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June 1, 2014
William H. Goodson III, MD
1California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, San Francisco
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):580-581. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5405.
June 1, 2014
Elizabeth Reed, ScD, MPH; Jhumka Gupta, ScD, MPH; Jay G. Silverman, PhD
1Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
2Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):581. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5408.
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