Experience of Forced Sex and Subsequent Sexual, Drug, and Mental Health Outcomes: African American and Hispanic Women in the Southeastern United States

Deborah Jones, Gary Marks, Olga Villar-Loubet, Stephen M Weiss, Christine O’Daniels, Craig B. Borkowf, Cathy Simpson, Ada A. Adimora, Eleanor McLellan-Lemal

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Abstract

Objectives: This cross-sectional study examined African American and Hispanic women's (N = 1,509) self-reports of unwanted forced sex and its association with behavioral and mental health outcomes after the event. Methods: Twenty percent of the women had experienced forced sex (1st occurrence at age 15 years or younger for 10%, 1st occurrence at older than 15 years of age for 10%). Results: Regardless of when forced sex 1st occurred, women were more likely to have engaged in unprotected vaginal and anal sex, to have had multiple unprotected sex partners, to have sexually transmitted infections, to have reported binge drinking and illicit drug use, and to exhibit distress and have received mental health counseling. Conclusions: Forced sex may have wide-ranging behavioral and mental health consequences years later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

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Keywords

  • cross-cultural studies
  • HIV prevention
  • quantitative studies
  • Sexual violence
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology

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