Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 117–131

Sexual molestation of men by women

  • Philip M. Sarrel
  • William H. Masters
Guest Editorial

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541979

Cite this article as:
Sarrel, P.M. & Masters, W.H. Arch Sex Behav (1982) 11: 117. doi:10.1007/BF01541979


The belief that it is impossible for males to respond sexually when subjected to sexual molestation by women is contradicted. Previous research indicating that male sex response can occur in a variety of emotional states, including anger and terror, are corroborated. Eleven cases of male sexual molestation by females are classified and described. A post-trauma reaction occurs in which sexual function and psychological state are affected. The men were all personally interviewed. Recognition of this phenomenon should lead to increased identification of male victims as well as to better medical, psychological, and legal services for them.

Key words

sexual molestationmale rapepost-rape traumarape

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip M. Sarrel
    • 1
  • William H. Masters
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.The Masters and Johnson InstituteSt. LouisUSA