Domestic Violence Research – A new study

There is another study out that demonstrates that women and men are pretty much equal when it comes to domestic violence.  This is not something that is new knowledge, there are a lot of studies that demonstrate this.  You can see a list of them by clicking on this link.  That link takes you to a bibliography much like we have here except it is about domestic violence research.  The new study that is out is this:

Bates, E. A., Graham-Kevan, N., & Archer, J. (2014). Testing predictions from the male control theory of men’s partner violence. Aggressive Behavior, 40(1), 42-55. doi: 10.1002/ab.21499

Abstract

The aim of this study was to test predictions from the male control theory of intimate partner violence (IPV) and Johnson’s [Johnson, M. P. (1995). Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 282–294] typology. A student sample (N  = 1,104) reported on their use of physical aggression and controlling behavior, to partners and to same-sex non-intimates. Contrary to the male control theory, women were found to be more physically aggressive to their partners than men were, and the reverse pattern was found for aggression to same-sex non-intimates. Furthermore, there were no substantial sex differences in controlling behavior, which significantly predicted physical aggression in both sexes. IPV was found to be associated with physical aggression to same-sex non-intimates, thereby demonstrating a link with aggression outside the family. Using Johnson’s typology, women were more likely than men to be classed as “intimate terrorists,” which was counter to earlier findings. Overall, these results do not support the male control theory of IPV. Instead, they fit the view that IPV does not have a special etiology, and is better studied within the context of other forms of aggression. Aggr. Behav. 40:42–55, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

You can view the full study at that link.

So why put this here?  Because it, along with the other studies, just reinforces the message that we keep repeating here and that is that people are people and each situation and person is unique unto itself.  Sweeping generalizations, stereotypes and preconceptions can be harmful.  We need to move away from all of these things and start treating everyone as a unique individual.

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Double Standard in sentencing?

A case out of Texas of a 40+ year old woman who was found guilty of sexual assault of her best friends child, a 13 year old boy at the time it started. 

So I would ask what is the likely sentence if we switched the genders of the two?  40+ year old male who sexually assaults his best friends 13 year old daughter for 2 years. 

You can read about the case here.  The sentence ended up being 5 years probation.  When cases like this happen and the offender is a male and gets a slap on the wrist all sorts of complaints are heard. 

As long as some female sex offenders continue to benefit from the gender double standard things will not really be fair, just, or equal for anyone.

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New study finds that women rape men nearly equally to how often they’re victimized by them.

There is a new study from UCLA that has some interesting results.  The study is:

Stemple, L., & Meyer, I. H. (2014). The sexual victimization of men in america: New data challenge old assumptions. American Journal of Public Health, E1-E8. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.301946.

In an article discussing this study it is stated that this study should be used ” to facilitate better societal understanding” and “When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.”  I could not agree more.

Here are a few quotes:

Her journey to this remarkable discovery that could change how we talk about sexual assault in America began with combing over a recent National Crime Victimization Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

In it, she noticed that 38 percent of sexual assault cases in a survey of more than 40,000 households involved men as the victims. In previous years, the stats were between five and 14 percent, indicating that the crime is grossly underreported.

When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
it should be used to facilitate better societal understanding.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
it should be used to facilitate better societal understanding.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99

When the term “being made to penetrate” is included as part of the general definition of rape, it turns out that women rape men nearly equally to how often they’re victimized by them.

“This definition includes victims who were forced to penetrate someone else with their own body parts, either by physical force or coercion, or when the victim was drunk or high or otherwise unable to consent,” Rosin explains.

We have said for years that we need to get away from gender stereotypes and assumptions and look for the truth, whatever that truth might be.  With no one ever thinking to even look for this problem it has always been assumed there was no problem.  More and more research is showing how wrong this is.  Female sex offenders are much more common than anyone once thought.

If we ever want to make more progress than we already have with abuse. all types, we need to move towards an understanding that abuse is abuse and all types can be equally harmful.  We need to be open and willing to help anyone who has been abused regardless of their gender.

For those who are curious here is the abstract from the study:

We assessed 12-month prevalence and incidence data on sexual victimization in 5 federal surveys that the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted independently in 2010 through 2012. We used these data to examine the prevailing assumption that men rarely experience sexual victimization. We concluded that federal surveys detect a high prevalence of sexual victimization among men—in many circumstances similar to the prevalence found among women. We identified factors that perpetuate misperceptions about men’s sexual victimization: reliance on traditional gender stereotypes, outdated and inconsistent definitions, and methodological sampling biases that exclude inmates. We recommend changes that move beyond regressive gender assumptions, which can harm both women and men.

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