In a new study by UCLA School of Law, gender stereotypes are being challenged.
According to the researchers, who analyzed data from a few federal crime victimization surveys, sexual offenses by women against victims of both genders are surprisingly common, Research Digest reported.
The researchers emphasized that they are not trying to undermine sexual violence that does occur at the hands of men, but want society to rethink "long-held stereotypes about sexual victimization and gender." This is especially in regard to women being harmless, inoffensive, and passive.
On the other hand, these results challenge the idea that men are sex-hungry, or that men can't be raped.
In one of the surveys, which came from 2010, 4.5 million American men had been sexually assaulted and forced to penetrate another person. About 79.2 percent of the time, the perpetrator was a woman.
In prison, data also showed that female inmates were more likely to be sexually assaulted by other female inmates rather than a male staff member.
In a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau survey asking if participants had ever forced someone else to have sex without consent, 43.6 percent of those who said yes were female.
The researchers said female offenders "have often experienced severe childhood sexual abuse themselves," so the study speaks to the widespread sexual abuse perpetrated on females as well.
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