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Frequency of self-reported sexual aggression and victimization in Brazil: a literature review

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Title
Frequency of self-reported sexual aggression and victimization in Brazil: a literature review
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Cadernos de Saúde Pública, January 2016
DOI 10.1590/0102-311x00126315
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Lylla Winzer

Abstract

The lack of official data on rape has been a challenge for researchers in Brazil. Two recently published studies were based on law enforcement and medical records. Although these studies represent important progress in research on rape in the country, they have several limitations. In order to obtain more realistic rates, the current article reviews Brazilian studies on self-reported sexual aggression and victimization in individuals over 14 years of age. Forty-one studies were identified through electronic searches and reference verification. From 1% to 40% of women and 1% to 35% of men reported some form of victimization in the previous year. The male perpetration incidence ranged from 2% to 44%. Despite the wide variability, these rates were much higher than those provided by official data. The results suggest that sexual orientation is associated with vulnerability. Mixed findings were found concerning race. Most studies were based on convenience samples and focused on female victimization. Male victimization has received increasing attention, but studies on self-reported perpetration are still limited.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 26 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 23%
Student > Bachelor 3 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 12%
Student > Master 3 12%
Researcher 2 8%
Other 3 12%
Unknown 6 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 5 19%
Psychology 4 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 12%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 4%
Sports and Recreations 1 4%
Other 3 12%
Unknown 9 35%