Perceptions of male victims in depicted sexual assaults: A review of the literature

Michelle Davies, Paul Rogers

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In recent years there has been a steady increase in the amount of literature on perceptions of male victim of sexual assault. Much of this research focuses around the concept of victim blame. This paper reviews the research on perceptions of male victims of sexual assault, with particular reference to victim blame for male rape. The paper considers the conceptual differences in types of blame in relation to male rape. It also offers to extend the traditional feminist interpretation of victim blame to explain blame toward male as well as female victims. Perceptions of male victims of male and female perpetrators are considered, as are both adult and child victims. The paper concludes by outlining some suggestions for future work and implications for treatment of male victims of sexual assault. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-377
Number of pages11
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2006


  • male victims of sexual assault
  • male & female perpetrators
  • victim blame
  • male rape
  • perceptions
  • Attitudes
  • Blame
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Victimization
  • Criminal Offenders
  • Rape


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