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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Although most sexual assaults are committed by men who know their victims, few researchers have considered how characteristics of perpetrators and incidents differ depending on the victim—perpetrator relationship. This study addresses this gap with a community sample of men who reported committing a sexually aggressive act in an audio computer-assisted self-interview.

No ANOVAs revealed ificant main effects of relationship type and sexual precedence associated with individual difference and incident characteristics. These findings demonstrate the importance of Monson ME sex dating theories and prevention programs tailored for different relationship contexts. In a nationally representative sample of female college students, Koss et al. Although most sexual assaults occur in the context of a relationship that has or has the potential to have romantic and sexual dimensions, few researchers have tried to differentiate between the characteristics of sexual assaults perpetrated in committed relationships as compared with those perpetrated in casual relationships.

Traditional dating scripts link emotional and sexual intimacy; however, casual relationships often include sexual precedence, which has been defined as having ly engaged in consensual sex Bogle, ; Stinson, Understanding the associations between relationship status and sexual assault characteristics requires consideration of the type of relationship e.

Thus, this study adds to the research literature by examining theory-driven hypotheses about the role of relationship type committed vs. The only theory we could locate that specifically addressed potential differences among perpetrators who committed sexual assault in different types of dating relationships was Shotland'stheory of date rape. Although several aspects of this theory are outdated, it provides a useful starting point for hypothesis development.

In the initial model, Shotland distinguished between early and relational date rape. He argued that it is unreasonable for a man to have expectations for sexual intercourse at the beginning of a relationship; thus, early date rape typically involves perpetrators with psychopathic personality traits who prey on many women. In contrast, relational date rape occurs before a couple has fully established sexual ground rules. It is typically committed by men with poor impulse control and high expectations for sex, who misperceive the woman's sexual intentions and then feel entitled to sex when refused.

Shotland expanded upon the initial two groups by adding later stages of relationships including marriage in which consensual sexual intercourse had occurred. He theorized that perpetrators who ly had sexual intercourse with their partner believe that she is obligated to have sex with them and assert their relationship power through sexual dominance if refused. Shotland assumed that for most women and men, sexual intercourse only occured in serious, committed relationships. Casual sexual relationships have become even more acceptable and prevalent in recent years.

Hooking up involves some level of sexual activity, ranging from kissing to sexual intercourse, usually with a stranger or acquaintance and without the expectation of developing a relationship Bogle, In a qualitative study of college students and recent alumni, Bogle found that hooking up was the most commonly discussed script for how college men and women interact together sexually.

Flack et al. Thus, underneath these seemingly egalitarian open, casual sexual relationships, traditional gender roles often produce different expectations for women and men that sometimes culminate in forced sex. Casual, alcohol-fueled interactions in which people are looking for sexual partners frequently involve sexual misperceptions Abbey, Steady partners can make mistakes, but they are more skilled at decoding their companion's cues Abbey, Although sexual misperceptions are often quickly resolved, many researchers have demonstrated in laboratory and survey research that misperception contributes to men's sexual aggression, particularly when they are intoxicated Abbey et al.

Verbally coercive strategies such as guilt are more likely to be used by perpetrators in committed relationships Livingston et al. In one of the few studies that systematically examined the role of sexual precedence in sexual coercion incidents, Livingston et al.

Sexual assault survivors reported that perpetrators with sexual precedence were more likely to use negative verbal persuasion including threats to end the relationship, seek sex elsewhere, swear, pout, or express dissatisfaction with the relationship. In contrast, perpetrators without Monson ME sex dating precedence were more likely to use positive verbal persuasion including complimenting her appearance, telling her he loved her, and telling her it would deepen their relationship.

Contrary to Livingston et al. Relationships without sexual precedence were more likely to end after the incident than were relationships with sexual precedence. The main goal of this study was to identify similarities and differences in characteristics of sexual assault perpetrators and incidents associated with the relationship context and sexual precedence between the victim and perpetrator. Overlap was expected between relationship status and sexual precedence, Monson ME sex dating that a larger proportion of the perpetrators in a committed relationship with the victim were expected to have ly had consensual sex with the victim as compared with perpetrators in a casual relationship with the victim.

However, we also anticipated finding perpetrators in casual relationships with sexual precedence and perpetrators in committed relationships without sexual precedence. This study addresses several gaps in the existing literature. Despite the acknowledged diversity among sexual assault perpetrators, few researchers have considered if the characteristics of perpetrators and incidents differ based on relationship characteristics. In addition, a large portion of sexual assault perpetration research has focused on incarcerated perpetrators and college samples. This study also expands on past research through its use of a community sample of young, single men identified through telephone screening in a large metropolitan area.

A secondary goal of this study was to further theory development in this research area.

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Although Shotland'stheory of date rape is clearly conceptualized and presents testable hypotheses, its assumption that consensual sexual intercourse only occurs in long-term committed romantic relationships is outdated. Consequently, only the relevant components of this theory were used to develop hypotheses for the current study.

For example, Shotlandhypothesized that perpetrators who only knew the victim casually would score high on psychopathy-related personality traits because it is unreasonable to expect to have sex so early in a relationship. This hypothesis does not fit current sexual norms, thus we did not expect to find support for it.

Based on the empirical literature described above, we hypothesized that as compared with committed relationship perpetrators, casual relationship perpetrators would be more impulsive, have more positive attitudes about casual sex and more casual consensual sexual partners, drink heavily in general and during the sexual assault incident, be with a victim who drank heavily, be less likely to have planned to be together, misperceive the victim's sexual intentions for a longer period of time, and use more isolating and alcohol tactics.

After the incident, casual relationship perpetrators were expected to feel more strongly that the victim led them on, that she was responsible for what happened, and be less likely to continue to see her in the future as compared with committed relationship perpetrators. Sexual aggression within intimate relationships tends to occur repeatedly Testa et al. Thus, committed relationship perpetrators were expected to report perpetrating more acts of sexual aggression than casual relationship perpetrators. Hypotheses about sexual precedence were viewed as exploratory given the limited amount of relevant past research.

Based on Shotland's theory, we hypothesized that in comparison with perpetrators without sexual precedence, perpetrators with sexual precedence would have high scores on sexual dominance, expectations for having sex with the woman, and the belief that the woman was obligated to have sex with them, and that they would feel less personal responsibility for what happened. Based on Livingston et al. Hypotheses about interactions between relationship type and sexual precedence were also viewed as exploratory.

Perpetrators in a committed relationship with sexual precedence were expected to feel the strongest sense of entitlement, thereby having the highest expectations of having sex and feelings of being owed. Perpetrators in casual relationships without sexual precedence were expected to have the most one-time-only past sexual partners and the highest level of alcohol consumption by themselves and their victims. Monson ME sex dating were required to be aged 18 to 35; not currently married, engaged, or cohabiting; and to have dated a woman in the past 2 years.

The Survey Research Center Monson ME sex dating the University of Michigan completed the sampling and interviewing under contract and the institutional review boards of both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University approved the study's procedures. A commercial telephone list that had a high probability of including to year-old men living in the Detroit Metropolitan statistical region was purchased to create the desired sampling frame, which is a standard sampling procedure used to efficiently identify stratified random samples of population subgroups Groves et al.

This tri-county region of more than four million people spans the socio-economic spectrum Monson ME sex dating includes a broad range of suburban and semi-rural communities, as well as the city of Detroit. The ethnic distribution of the sample was highly similar to that of the region see section for more information about demographics. Professionally trained interviewers met participants at a mutually agreeable location. Interviewers discussed the consent form with participants and answered questions. The interview was completed on a laptop computer.

The interviewer orally administered the first few sections, which contained the least sensitive questions. The computer was then handed over to participants who completed the audio computer-assisted self-interview independently. Interviews lasted 1 hr on average. Participants completed the following measures assessing individual difference characteristics. This measure was developed for high-functioning populations and has strong internal consistency reliability and construct validity Williams et al.

The 20 personality items assess callous affect and interpersonal manipulation, personality dimensions typically associated with psychopathy. Cronbach's coefficient alpha was. Williams et al. This subscale assesses attraction to and enjoyment of rebellious, impulsive, and sensation-seeking behaviors. Cronbach's alpha was. The 8-item Sexual Dominance subscale from Nelson's Sexual Functions Survey assessed the degree to which participants were motivated sexually by the desire to have control over their partner. This measure has demonstrated good internal reliability and convergent validity in past research Abbey et al.

A 7-item version of Hendrick, Hendrick, and Reich's Sexual Permissiveness subscale from the Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale was used to measure positive attitudes about casual sex. It has strong internal reliability and construct validity. Participants were asked how many different women they had consensual sex with just one time Abbey et al.

This item used an open-ended response format. Participants were asked how often during the past 12 months they consumed 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a 2-hr time period National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, A drink was defined as 12 ounces of beer or wine cooler, five ounces of wine, or one shot of liquor. The response scale was reversed for data analyses so that it ranged from 0 0 days in the past year to 9 every day. A modified item version of the Sexual Experiences Survey was used to assess sexual aggression Abbey et al.

This measure uses behaviorally specific language to assess a range of sexual activities e. Response options ranged from 0 never to 5 five or more times. The total of sexually aggressive acts was computed by summing responses. Participants who endorsed any of the sexual aggression items were asked to describe one incident in detail Abbey et al. If they endorsed more than one item, a computer algorithm prompted them to describe the most severe incident, which was operationalized by treating penetrative sex through force as most severe and sexual touching through verbal coercion as least severe.

The remaining measures focused on the specific incident. Responses were combined to create a never versus one or more times dichotomy. Participants were asked the extent to which the two of them had planned in advance to be together that day, with response options ranging from 1 not at all planned to 5 completely planned. The length of time that participants misperceived the woman's interest in having some type of sex during the interaction was assessed with a question that has been used in past research Abbey et al.

Response options ranged from 0 didn't happen to 5 more than 3 hours. Participants were asked to indicate how much they tried to get the woman to agree to go someplace with them where they could be alone. Responses options ranged from 1 not at all true to 5 very true. Participants reported the of alcoholic drinks they consumed before and during the interaction with a drink defined as 12 ounces of beer or wine cooler, 5 ounces of wine, or one shot of liquor. Participants were also asked how many drinks the woman consumed to the best Monson ME sex dating their knowledge.

These items used an open-ended response format. The primary tactic the perpetrator used to obtain sex was taken from the stem of the Sexual Experiences Survey SES item which corresponded to this incident: overwhelming her with continual arguments and pressure Koss et al. Participants answered questions about their perceptions of the incident and what happened after the incident. Participants were asked several questions regarding how they thought about the incident after it happened.

They were asked the extent to which the sex occurred because she led him on and she owed him. Response options ranged from 1 not at all to 5 very much. Participants were also asked how much the woman was responsible and how much they were responsible for what happened.

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