Sex Roles

, Volume 49, Issue 5–6, pp 219–232 | Cite as

Women's Sexual Aggression Against Men: Prevalence and Predictors

  • Barbara Krahé
  • Eva Waizenhöfer
  • Ingrid Möller


In this study, we investigated the prevalence of women's sexual aggression against men and examined predictors of sexual aggression in a sample of 248 women. Respondents reported their use of aggressive strategies (physical force, exploitation of a man's incapacitated state, and verbal pressure) to make a man engage in sexual touch, sexual intercourse, or oral sex against his will. Childhood abuse, gender role orientation, ambiguous communication of sexual intentions, level of sexual activity, and peer pressure were included as predictors of sexual aggression. Almost 1 in 10 respondents (9.3%) reported having used aggressive strategies to coerce a man into sexual activities. Exploitation of the man's incapacitated state was used most frequently (5.6%), followed by verbal pressure (3.2%) and physical force (2%). An additional 5.4% reported attempted acts of sexual aggression. Sexual abuse in childhood, ambiguous communication of sexual intentions, high levels of sexual activity, and peer pressure toward sexual activity were linked to an increased likelihood of sexual aggression. The findings are discussed in relation to the literature on men's sexual aggression.

sexual aggression female aggressors token resistance gender role orientation childhood sexual abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Krahé
    • 1
  • Eva Waizenhöfer
    • 1
  • Ingrid Möller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PotsdamGermany

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