Adult male victims of Female Sex Offenders

I recevied an e-mail request asking if there were any studies or information about female sex offenders sexually abusing adult males.  The term sexual abuse can define a wide of number of things.  So here is a partial listing of studies looking at adult males being sexually abused by female sex offenders. (There are 500+ studies on the bibliography page on the main website)

We start with this blurb followed by a partial list of studies about this issue:

In a large survey of college-aged women, more than 30% of the subjects admitted getting their partners drunk or stoned to have sex, just under 30% admitted having taken advantage of a teenager, 28% admitted having threatened physical force, and about 25% admitted having obtained sex by abusing their position of authority.  20% admit having used physical force to get sex, and 9% admit using a weapon.  (See P.B. Anderson below)


Anderson, P. B. (1996). Correlates of College Women’s Self-Reports of Heterosexual Aggression. Sexual Abuse: a Journal of Research and Treatment, 8(2), 121-131.

Anderson, P. B. (1998). Variations in college women’s self-reported heterosexual aggression. Sex Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 10(4), 283-92.

Anderson, P. B. (1998). Women’s motives for sexual initiation and aggression. In P. B. Anderson & C. Struckman-Johnson (eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies, (pp. 79-93). New York: The Guilford Press.

Anderson P. B., & Aymami R. (1993). Reports of female initiation of sexual contact: Male and female differences. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 22(4), 335-343.

Anderson, P. B., & Melson, D. T. (2002). From deviance to normalcy: Women as sexual aggressors. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 5.

Anderson, P. B., & Newton, M. (1997). The initiating heterosexual contact scale: A factor analysis. Sex Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 9, 179-186.

Anderson, P. B., & Newton, M. (2004). Predicting the use of sexual initiation tactics in a sample of college women. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 7.

Anderson, P. B., & Savage, J. S. (2005). Social, Legal, and Institutional Context of Heterosexual Aggression by College Women. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 6(2), 130-140.

Anderson, P. B., & Sorenson, W. (1999). Male and female differences in reports of women’s heterosexual initiation and aggression. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 28(3), 285-295.

Anderson, P. B., & Struckman-Johnson, C. (eds.) (1998). Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies. New York: The Guilford Press.

Busby, D. M., & Compton, S. V. (1997). Patterns of sexual coercion in adult heterosexual relationships: An exploration of male victimization. Family Process, 36(1), 81-94.

Byers, S. E. (1998). Similar but different: Men’s and women’s experiences of sexual coercion. In P. B. Anderson & C. Struckman-Johnson (eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies, (pp. 144-168). New York: The Guilford Press.

Clements-Schreiber, M., Rempel, J., & Desmarais, S. (1998). Women’s sexual pressure tactics and adherence to related attitudes: A step toward prediction. Journal of Sex Research, 35(2), 197-205.

Craig S. M. (1998). When the tables are turned: Verbal sexual coercion among college women. In P. B. Anderson, & C. J. Struckman-Johnson (eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Fiebert, M. S., & Tucci, M. (1998). Sexual coercion: Men victimized by women. Journal of Men’s Studies, 6(2), 127-133.

Hines, D. A., & Saudino, K. J. (2003). Gender differences in psychological, physical, and sexual aggression among college students using the revised conflict tactics scales. Violence and Victims, 18(2), 197-217.

Hogben, M., Byrne, D. & Hamburger, M. E. (1996). Coercive Heterosexual Sexuality in Dating Relationships of College Students — Implications of Differential Male-Female Experiences. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 8(1), 69-78.

Kernsmith, P. D. & Kernsmith, R. M. (2009). Female Pornography Use and Sexual Coercion Perpetration. Deviant Behavior, 30(7), 589-610.

Kirsta, A. (1994). Deadlier Than The Male: Violence and Aggression in Women. New York: Harper Collins.

Krahe, B., Scheinberger-Olwig, R., & Kolpin, S. (2000). Ambiguous communication of sexual intentions as a risk marker of sexual aggression. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 42(5-6), 313-337.

Krahé, B., Scheinberger-Olwig, R., & Bieneck, S. (2003). Men’s Reports of Nonconsensual Sexual Interactions with Women: Prevalence and Impact. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 32(2), 165-175.

Krahe, B., Waizenhofer, E., Moller, I. (2003). Women’s sexual aggression against men: Prevalence and predictors. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 49(5-6), 219-232.

Larimer, M., Lydum, A., Anderson, B., & Turner, A. (1999). Male and female recipients of unwanted sexual contact in a college student sample: Prevalence rates, alcohol use, and depression symptoms. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 40, 295-308. (complete file in .pdf format at link)

Laury, G. V. (1992). When women sexually abuse male psychiatric patients under their care. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 18 (1), 11-16.

Lottes, I. L. (1991). The relationship between nontraditional gender roles and sexual coercion. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 4(4), 89-109.

Lottes, I. L., & Weinberg, M. S. (1997). Sexual coercion among university students: A comparison of the United States and Sweden. The Journal of Sex Research, 34(1), 67-76 (complete file in .pdf format at link).

Macchietto, J. G. (1998). Treatment issues of adult male victims of female sexual aggression. In P. B. Anderson & C. Struckman-Johnson (Eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies, (pp. 187-204). New York: The Guilford Press.

Margolin, L. (1990). Gender and the stolen kiss: The social support of male and female to violate a partner’s sexual consent in a noncoercive situation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 19(3), 281-291.

McConaghy, N., & Zamir, R. (1995). Heterosexual and homosexual coercion, sexual orientation and sexual roles in medical students. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 24(5), 489-502.

Muehlenhard, C.L., & Cook, S.W. (1988). Men’s self-reports of unwanted sexual activity. Journal of Sex Research, 24, 58-72.

Murphy, J. E. (1988). Date abuse and forced intercourse among college students. In G. T. Hotaling, D. Finkelhor, & J. T. Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Family abuse and it’s consequences: New directions in research (pp. 285-296). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

O’Sullivan, L. F. & Byers, E. (1993). Eroding stereotypes: College women’s attempts to influence reluctant male sexual partners. Journal of Sex Research, 30(3), 270-282.

O’Sullivan, L. F., Byers, E. S., Finkelman, L. (1998). A comparison of male and female college student’s experiences of sexual coercion. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22(2), 177-195.

Oswald, D., & Russell, B. (2006). Perceptions of sexual coercion in heterosexual dating relationships: The role of aggressor gender and tactics. Journal of Sex Research, 43(1), 87-95.

Palmer, R. S., McMahon, T. J., Rounsaville, B. J., & Ball, S. A. (2010). Coercive Sexual Experiences, Protective Behavioral Strategies, Alcohol Expectancies and Consumption Among Male and Female College Students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(9), 1563-1578.

Russell, B. L., & Oswald, D. L. (2001). Strategies and dispositional correlates of sexual coercion perpetrated by women: An exploratory investigation. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 45(1-2), 103-115.

Sandberg, G., Jackson, T. L., & Petretic-Jackson, P. (1987). College Students’ Attitudes Regarding Sexual Coercion and Aggression: Developing Educational and Preventive Strategies. Journal of College Student Personnel, 28(4), 302-311.

Sarrel, P. M. & Masters, W.H. (1982). Sexual molestation of men by women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 11(2), 117-131.

Schatzel-Murphy, E. A., Harris, D. A., Knight, R. A., & Milburn, M. A. (2009). Sexual Coercion in Men and Women: Similar Behaviors, Different Predictors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(6), 974-986.

Sigelman, C. K., Berry, C. J., & Wiles, K. A. (1984). Violence in college students’ dating relationships. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 14(6), 530-548.

Sleath, E., & Bull, R. (2010).  Male rape victim and perpetrator blaming.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, June 25, (6), 969-88.

Smith, R. E., Pine, C. J., & Hawley, M. E. (1988). Social cognitions about adult male victims of female sexual assault. Journal of Sex Research, 24, 101–112.

Sorenson, S. B., Stein, J. A., Siegel, J. M., Golding, J. M., & Burnam, M.A. (1987). The prevalence of adult sexual assault; the Los Angeles epidemiological catchment area project. American Journal of Epidemiology, 126(6), 1154-1164.

Stets, J. E., & Pirog-Good, M. A. (1989). Patterns of physical and sexual abuse for men and women in dating relationships: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Family Violence, 4(1), 63-76.

Stock, W. (1998). Women’s sexual coercion of men: A feminist analysis. In P. B. Anderson & C. Struckman-Johnson (Eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies, (pp. 169-184). New York: The Guilford Press.

Struckman-Johnson, C. (1988). Forced sex on dates: It happens to men, too. Journal of Sex Research, 24, 234-241.

Struckman-Johnson, C. (1991). Male victims of acquaintance rape. In A. L. Parrot, & L. Bechhofer (Eds.), Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime, (pp. 192-214). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Struckman-Johnson, C., Struckman-Johnson, D., Rucker, L., & Bumby, K. (1996). Sexual coercion reported by men and women in prison. The Journal of Sex Research, 33(1), 67-76. (complete document in .pdf format at link)

Struckman-Johnson, C., & Anderson, P. B. (1998). “Men do and women don’t”: Difficulties in researching sexually aggressive women. In P. B. Anderson & C. Struckman-Johnson (Eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies, (pp. 9-18). New York: The Guilford Press.

Struckman-Johnson, C., & Struckman-Johnson, D. (1994). Men pressured and forced into sexual experience. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 23(1), 93-114.

Struckman-Johnson, C., & Struckman-Johnson, D. (1997). Men’s reactions to forceful sexual advances from women: The role of sexual standards, relationship availability, and the beauty bias. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 37(5-6), 319-334.

Struckman-Johnson, C., & Struckman-Johnson, D. (1998). The dynamics and impact of sexual coercion of men by women. In P. B. Anderson & C. Struckman-Johnson (Eds.), Sexually Aggressive Women: Current Perspectives and Controversies, (pp. 121-143). New York: The Guilford Press.

Struckman-Johnson, C., & Struckman-Johnson, D. (2001). Men’s reactions to female sexual coercion. Psychiatric Times, XVII(3).

Struckman-Johnson, C., Struckman-Johnson, D., & Anderson, P. B. (2003). Tactics of sexual coercion: When men and women won’t take no for an answer. Journal of Sex Research, 40(1), 76-86.

Waldner-Haugrud, L., & Magruder, B. (1995). Male and female sexual victimization in dating relationships: Gender differences in coercion techniques and outcomes. Violence and Victims, 10(3), 203-215.

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13 thoughts on “Adult male victims of Female Sex Offenders

  1. Wow, where did you get all this info? Hours of googling or do you have access to some university or work related databasis or what? Just curious?

    It’ll take some time to go through it all…

  2. Months of everything from Google searches to reading studies, articles and books that lead to other studies and so on. There are about 12 more studies on male victims that I have yet to add to the bibliography page. There are many more studies about male victims in the bibliography but the e-mail was asking for ones only about adult males being sexually abused and most of the other studies are about male victims being sexually abused as children by a female. I think that it is getting close to 600 studies. I can’t bring myself or convince a volunteer to take the time to count them all 🙂 I know there are more than 500 though.

  3. One point which needs to be remembered about men victimized by women sex offenders is that adult victimization isn’t prosecutable when there is no physical force involved or the perp isn’t taking advantage of someones’s inability to consent. Sexual coercion is a way for adult victimization to occur without the possibility of criminal charges. In these cases, sexual victimization is facilitated by the myth that sexual abuse against adults only entails prosecutable offenses.

    I also wonder how much “dating” in adult sexual relationships can more accurately be considered adult grooming. Folks need to recognize that grooming behaviors do not stop when a victim turns 18, though the chance of criminal prosecution goes down. There are lots of power differentials that can be taken advantage of, not just age.

  4. Several more points that need to be made:

    1) Females tend to rape by ‘envelopation’ rather than by penetration because the vagina is an enveloping rather than a penetrating organ.

    2) Female on male rape is seen as impossible because the forcing of a vagina on a penis is seen as impossible. The law rarely if ever recognizes female forms of rape.
    No law=no statistics.

    3) Females tend to use psychological vice rather than physical violence to commit rape. Since vice is legal but violence isn’t females rarely are held responsible for abusing the forms of power that they tend to be superior in.

  5. Thanks John. I think points 1 and 2 are what people usually mean when they point out that erections can be involuntary. Once an involuntary erection has been produced, obviously anything can be done after that. It is worth being clear though, as so many people still seem to have a problem with these ideas.

    Women being more manipulative than men is a culturally specific concept, and in my experience, not true. But the idea of psychological force going unpunished is very very important. I think Brian is right about dating behaviour. Talk of people “not putting out”, the idea that anyone complaining that they were lied to to obtain sex is just whinging; there are so many “normal” behaviours that are actually sexual abuse, it’s just our society is too screwed up to see that another way is possible.

  6. I am editing a new book about men abused by women. We are compiling first-person accounts of abuse, in the victim’s own words. Your list of articles is fantastic, and I plan to check them out. I hope that our book can become a useful resource for physically, emotionally, verbally battered men. Check out our website and learn more about the project. We began in 2006, compiling stories of abuse from all over the world. Thanks so much!

  7. At first when I read this I was very confused as to how a woman could use actual physical force on a man to obtain sex. (Not counting scanarios involving male invalids or female bodybuilders) But then I realised something. Let’s say a woman threatens you with violence to preform a sexual act on her, and you perform a radical dental procedure instead, let’s face it, in court you will take the entire blame she won’t. That is a horrible double standard, and really is something far more sexist then making a dollar less an hour.
    One does wonder though, under what circumstance is the man incapable of fleeing from physical harm? I plan on reading more of these links but I would like some form of answer in the event that they don’t answer my qeustion.
    Good read all in all, knowledge is power, Guard it well.

  8. It appears you are starting off with some broad assumptions about men and women and physical strength. Men and women have different levels of physical strength each unique to that individual. Physical strength alone is not the only factor involved. As most martial art instructors and military combat instructors can tell you, you do not have to be physically stronger than your opponent to win.

    There are a number of other things to consider such as weapons, drugs/alcohol/impairment, coercion/blackmail, etc.

  9. Actualy if you want to hold someone down for any length of time you do need to be physicaly stronger, there is no hold that can keep someone on their back while you sit on their, well, pelvis. Without the use of a weapon that is physicaly impossible. And no, women never will have the muscle mass capable of subdueing a man of similar size, excluding rare instances. Martial arts might help a woman fend off a man and escape maybe even incapacitate him, but there is no way to perform a pinning maneuver that will also leave his lap exposed aswell as her own. Perhaps two women would be enough to hold a man down and rape him, but it was not mentioned, also no, I really don’t think its possible for a college aged girl to have even that much martial arts prowess to hold him down and sexualy assault him, again excluding extremes. And let’s face if, if that level of skill was the norm women would not be raped nearly as often.
    Yes the use of a weapon would be enough to convince a man not to fight back (at least in the case of a particularly cowardly male) but there was at least 11% of the women that used physical force to obtain sex who did not use a weapon, if I am reading that correctly. I think it is perhaps more likely that the women used some form of mental assault rather then physical alone. I.E. pushing him down and telling him she will tell the police he was going to rape her if he does not have sex with her.
    I suppose though of those ones who did not use a weapon but still used physical force may also have had their victim partialy drunk, or significantly younger and therefore weaker, and it may even be the male was to some extend reluctant to fight back, since there is still the stigma that men are always awaiting sex.

    I will admit I have never really been afraid of being overpowered myself, without sounding bragadocious, if you can believe, so I do find this very difficult to grasp exactly how this could happen. Thank you for the timely responce.

  10. Its real easy how it happens…..It has happened to me…but there is a double whammy for me….i was in the panhandle of florida for a school that was almost over…one of the guys had a party and there was a woman there who no one had any ideas about being with…well one thing lead to another and all the guys were drunk and past out on the floor….The next morning we woke up and all of our wallets and id cards were laying on the floor and we were none the wiser…..Nine months later we all recieved subpeonas for paternity DNA testing…this woman got pregnant!! There was a room of 6 guys and all six of us were submitting dna for this womans kid to find out who was the father..i guess she took turns on all of us…When i went to the cops thye said because we were all drunk and because it happened so long ago…there was nothing they could do….So i have been stuck with paying child support for this kid that she wanted and not my drunk ass at the time…Mind you i no longer drink…… Just goes to show you the systmem is messed up and the women have the upper hand….

  11. 40jess1, everyone is different. My family was one of the first Asian families to integrate my neighborhood in 1970s Chicago. Every boy in my group of friends knows a martial art and every one of us has had fights here we have been disadvantaged numerically. It didn’t bother us in the past and even to this day, while watching movies, I’ll still here comments from some of the guys along the lines of there’s only three, kick their ass. I recognize that in my situation there was really no more tenable alternative. Authority figures were not significantly more sympathetic and tough guy south siders were unlikely to complain about being pounded when they had a 3 or 4 to 1 advantage. Still, I personally wouldn’t look down on someone or question their masculinity if they walked away from 3 guys.

    When I was younger they had a rape awareness/self defense class in school and they made the mistake of doing it in the open gym. Let’s say that teenage boys are not the target audience and we didn’t act maturely, but there were some things that I picked up on. One was that regardless of the response whether it be flee, fight or submit the goal was always to preserve life first. One of the issues might be an implied aggression or flight would result in more undesirable consequences than submission.

  12. Nicola L. Fisher, Afroditi Pina, An overview of the literature on female-perpetrated adult male sexual victimization, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Available online 8 October 2012, ISSN 1359-1789, 10.1016/j.avb.2012.10.001.

    Abstract: The rape of women has been an issue of concern in research literature for the past 40 years. Conversely, rape against men has only relatively recently received investigation. The current paper reviews the existing research literature regarding male rape and sexual assault, with particular emphasis on female perpetrated male sexual victimization. The review covers issues regarding biased legal definitions, rape myths, feminist theory, and stereotypical or negative beliefs; all of which create a problematic social environment for male victims of female perpetrated assault to report crimes. The review also discusses the prevalence of female perpetrated attacks against men, with evidence from self-reports by female sex offenders to highlight the existence of male sexual victimization and the aggressive manner in which the sexual activity is committed. The review concludes that male sexual victimization by women should be taken as seriously as that of women by men.

    Keywords: Male rape; Sexual assault of males; Female perpetrators; Male rape myths

  13. Memphis woman gets 14 years in prison for sex with mentally disabled man in her care

    A woman convicted of raping a mentally disabled man a judge described as “a 33-year-old child” was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday.

    Tawana Rochelle Jones was a $9-per-hour caregiver with the Brenda Richardson Memorial Care Home when she admitted enticing the man to perform oral sex on her last year at the Raleigh-area apartment community where he lived.

    “I became wrapped up in the moment, but I asked God to forgive me,” Jones told police in March of last year. “It was just the sexual urges of being relieved.”

    Jones, 35, was convicted in November of rape and the abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult male in her care between January and March of last year. Authorities said she told the man not to tell anyone, but he told the care facility manager who then told police.

    Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Jones to the maximum of 12 years with no parole for rape and two years for the abuse conviction.

    “I can’t think of anything more shocking or horrifying or despicable than what Miss Jones did to this young man, this 33-year-old child,” the judge said in a sentencing hearing. “For eight hours a day she had absolute control over him.”

    Jones, 35, who is single and has no children, did not testify at the hearing and showed no reaction to the sentence.

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