Title

Male Victims: The Nature and Meaning of Sexual Coercion

Keywords

RELATE, sexual coercion, victimization

Abstract

In this qualitative study we interviewed twelve males who reported on the RELATE questionnaire that they were sexually coerced by their female partners. The purpose of these interviews was to understand more fully the nature and the meaning of their coercive experiences. Several themes became apparent for both the nature and meaning of sexual coercion. In the category of coercion, men reported experiencing three main modes of coercion: verbal, emotional, and blackmail. There were also three themes regarding the meaning that men made about their experience of sexual coercion; decreased safety in relationships, loss, and perceived negligible impact. Clinical implications for male victims were presented from several theoretical perspectives.

Original Publication Citation

Platt, J. J., & Busby, D. M. (2009). Male victims: The nature and meaning of sexual coercion. American Journal of Family Therapy, 37, 217-226.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-04-20

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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