Fear of Crime: A Comparison of Male Victims of Sexual Assault With Non-Victims

Michelle Emerson, Kennesaw State University

ABSTRACT
Men are victimized by sexual assault, but are often ignored by researchers, service providers, and the criminal justice system. Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, males accounted for 11% of attempted and completed rapes and sexual assaults reported to the poice from 1992 through 2000. Researchers have found that male victims of sexual assault have a heightened sense of vulnerability in their everyday lives. Using data from the Violence Against Women Survey (collected between November 1995 and May 1996), I have compared male victims with non-victims to test the following hypotheses: male victims of sexual assault have a greater fear of violence than non-victims; male victims of sexual assault are more likely than non-victims to believe that personal safety for men in this country has gotten worse; male victims of sexual assault are more likely than non-victims to carry something to defend themselves; and the types of weapons that victims of sexual assault are different from non-victims.

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