Prevalence of premilitary adult sexual victimization and aggression in a navy recruit sample

Lex L. Merrill, Carol E. Newell, Joel S. Milner, Mary P. Koss, Linda K. Hervig, Steven R. Gold, Sandra G. Rosswork, Stephen R. Thornton

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Abstract

U.S. Navy recruits (n = 3,776) were surveyed for premilitary histories of adult sexual assault. They completed a survey designed to estimate rates for experiences as victims (women) and perpetrators (men) of attempted and completed rape since the age of 14. The results show that 45,5% of the women reported being the victim of attempted (9.4%) or completed rape (36.1%) before entering the Navy. Male recruits' self-reports indicated that 14.8% admitted perpetrating attempted (3.5%) or completed rape (11.3%) before entering the Navy. A high percentage of recruits in this study reported histories of sexual assault. Female victims of sexual assault are at high risk of incurring somatic and/or psychological problems that require treatment by health care professionals. Male perpetrators of sexual assault are at high risk of repeating their behavior. The results of this study suggest that it may be costeffective to develop treatment, education, and prevention programs for military recruits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume163
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1998

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Merrill, L. L., Newell, C. E., Milner, J. S., Koss, M. P., Hervig, L. K., Gold, S. R., Rosswork, S. G., & Thornton, S. R. (1998). Prevalence of premilitary adult sexual victimization and aggression in a navy recruit sample. Military medicine, 163(4), 209-212.