An Event-Level Investigation of Factors Associated With Young Women’s Experiences of Coerced Consensual Sex

Cynthia A. Stappenbeck, Jeanette Norris, Rhiana Wegner, Amanda E.B. Bryan, Kelly Cue Davis, Tina Zawacki, Devon A. Abdallah, William H. George

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Abstract

Little is known about instances of coerced consensual sex in which women report both that they consented to have sex and that their partner used coercive tactics (e.g., made threats) to get them to have sex when they did not want to. Yet, these experiences are frequently reported by young sexually active women. We examined the relationship between sexual victimization history and the woman’s level of alcohol intoxication in the likelihood of experiencing coerced consensual sex using event-level data collected over a 1-year period from 548 young adult nonproblem drinking women who engaged in sexual activity with men. Twenty percent (n = 112) reported at least one incident of coerced consensual sex. A generalized estimating equation model revealed main effects of daily estimated blood alcohol content (eBAC) and sexual victimization severity. The more women increased their alcohol consumption above their own average and the more severe their sexual victimization history, the more likely they were to experience coerced consensual sex. Our findings highlight the fact that coercion and consent are not mutually exclusive in some situations and shed light on this important yet understudied coercive sexual experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-402
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Volume35
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • coercion
  • consensual sex
  • sexual victimization history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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    Stappenbeck, C. A., Norris, J., Wegner, R., Bryan, A. E. B., Davis, K. C., Zawacki, T., Abdallah, D. A., & George, W. H. (2020). An Event-Level Investigation of Factors Associated With Young Women’s Experiences of Coerced Consensual Sex. Journal of interpersonal violence, 35(1-2), 384-402. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260516683178