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Title: "Impact of Sexual Abuse on Children: A Review and Synthesis of Recent Empirical Studies"
Publication: Psychological bulletin 113.1
Author: Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen A., Linda M. Williams, and David Finkelhor
Abstract A review of 45 studies clearly demonstrates that sexually abused children have more symptoms than nonabused children, with abuse accounting for 15–45% of the variance. Fears, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavior problems, sexualized behaviors, and poor self-esteem occurred most frequently among a long list of symptoms noted, but no one symptom characterized a majority […]
Title: "Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Do Not Buy Sex: New Data on Prostitution and Trafficking"
Publication: Journal of interpersonal violence
Author: Farley, Melissa, et al.
Abstract We investigated attitudes and behaviors associated with prostitution and sexual aggression among 101 men who buy sex and 101 age-, education-, and ethnicity-matched men who did not buy sex. Both groups tended to accept rape myths, be aware of harms of prostitution and trafficking, express ambivalence about the nature of prostitution, and believe that […]
Book Synopsis Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. And, as Gail Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become absorbed into […]
Title: "Multi-Person Sex among a Sample of Adolescent Female Urban Health Clinic Patients"
Publication: Journal of Urban Health 89.1
Author: Rothman, Emily F., et al.
Abstract Adolescent sexual activity involving three or more people is an emerging public health concern. The goal of this exploratory, cross-sectional study was to describe the prevalence, correlates, and context of multiple-person sex among a sample of adolescent females seeking health care from an urban clinic. Because sex involving multiple people may either be consensual […]
“Comparing Sex Buyers with Mex Who Don’t Buy Sex: ‘You can have a good time with the servitude’ vs. ‘You’re supporting a system of degradation'”
Title: "Comparing Sex Buyers with Mex Who Don't Buy Sex: 'You can have a good time with the servitude' vs. 'You're supporting a system of degradation'"
Publication: Prostitution Research & Education
Author: Farley, M., et al.
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS This study compared 101 men who buy sex with 100 men who did not buy sex. The men who participated in this study were matched in terms of age, ethnicity, and education level. Most had a wife or girlfriend at the time of the study. Sex buyers had many more […]
Title: "The Effects of Viewing R-rated Movie Scenes That Objectify Women on Perceptions of Date Rape"
Publication: Sex Roles 43.9-10
Author: Milburn, Michael A., Roxanne Mather, and Sheree D. Conrad
Abstract The contribution of sexualized images of women in the media to rape and beliefs that support rape has been the subject of considerable research. The present study tested the effects of viewing scenes from R-rated popular films on perceptions of female responsibility for and enjoyment of either a date rape or a stranger rape, […]
“Linking Male Use of the Sex Industry to Controlling Behaviors in Violent Relationships: An Exploratory Analysis”
Title: "Linking Male Use of the Sex Industry to Controlling Behaviors in Violent Relationships: An Exploratory Analysis"
Publication: Violence Against Women 14.4
Author: Simmons, Catherine A., Peter Lehmann, and Shannon Collier-Tenison
Abstract In an attempt to better understand the relationship between male use of the sex industry (i.e., pornography and strip clubs) and interpersonal violence (IPV), 2,135 female residents of an IPV shelter were surveyed regarding their batterer’s use of both the sex industry and controlling behaviors in their relationship. Findings indicate that male domestic violence […]
Title: "Women's Attitudes and Fantasies about Rape as a Function of Early Exposure to Pornography"
Publication: Journal of Interpersonal Violence 7.4
Author: Corne, Shawn, John Briere, and Lillian M. Esses
Abstract Although much has been learned about how social forces such as pornography can shape or direct men’s sexual violence against women, few empirical data exist on how these forces impinge on women’s attitudes and behavior. In the present study, 187 female university students responded to a questionnaire regarding childhood exposure to pornography, current sexual […]
Title: "Use of Pornography in the Criminal and Developmental Histories of Sexual Offenders"
Publication: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Author: Carter, Daniel Lee, et al.
Abstract The present study examined exposure to and use of pornography in the familial, developmental and criminal histories of 38 rapists and 26 child molesters incarcerated at the Massachusetts Treatment Center. While both groups reported similar exposure to pornography in the home and during development, child molesters indicated significantly more exposure than rapists in adulthood […]
Title: "Sexual Harassment of Women Working as Room Attendants within 5-Star Hotels"
Publication: Gender, Work & Organization
Author: Kensbock, Sandra, et al.
Abstract Given the gendered power relations and the isolated nature of women hotel room attendants’ working environments, guest-initiated sexual harassment experienced by room attendants is a significant, under-investigated problem. This study of women attendants’ experiences of sexual harassment was conducted in 5-star hotels located on the Gold Coast — a notable tourism destination — of […]