Unwanted sexual experiences in young men: Evidence from a survey of university students in Chile

Jocelyn A. Lehrer, Evelyn L. Lehrer, Mary P. Koss

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The public health problem of unwanted sexual experiences (USE) in male youths has received little attention. In this study, we examined prevalence of USE, risk factors, contexts, and barriers to disclosure with data from a quantitative survey of students enrolled in General Education courses at a public university in Chile. This study focused on the male sample (N = 466). Approximately 20.4 % of participants reported some form of USE since age 14. Forced sex through physical coercion, forced sex through verbal coercion or while intoxicated, attempted forced sex, and less severe forms of USE were reported by 0.2, 10.1, 1.4, and 8.7 % of participants, respectively. USE before age 14 was reported by 9.4 % of participants and was a significant predictor of USE since age 14 (AOR 6.38, 95 % CI 3.22-12.65, p <.01). The perpetrator of USE since age 14 was most commonly identified as a date/partner or friend/acquaintance; other findings on contexts and barriers to disclosure were also generally consistent with previous results in the literature. In addition, we found substantial co-occurrence of USE since age 14 with two other forms of coercion: physical dating violence victimization and coerced condom non-use. The study findings indicate a need for further attention to these public health problems and have implications for the development of violence and HIV/STI prevention programs for adolescent boys and young adult men in Chile and elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual coercion
  • Sexual victimization
  • Sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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