In an alarming statistic reported in USA Today, a new study says that 1 in 10 kids age 14 - 21 report either coercing or forcing some type of sexual contact upon another, and research suggests this is due to exposure to X-rated, violent content.
The national study, which was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, was conducted by the nonprofit group Center for Innovative Public Health Research, based in San Clemente, California. Scientists studied data collected in 2010 and 2011 from 1,058 young people and reports the following conclusions:
8% of participants touched, kissed, or made someone else do something sexual knowing the other person didn't want to.
3% attempted forced sex (attempted rape).
2% forced someone to have sex (completed rape).
The study also suggest a relationship between the perpetrators and how much contact they've had with violent and X-rated material. Of the 9% who reported being perpetrators of violence compared with those who weren't, 17% had looked at violent or X-rated material in the past year, compared with 3% of the non-perpetrators.
Michele Ybarra, president and director of research for the Center calls these findings “concerning” and says that it’s “a call to action to do more — more in the schools, more in the family.” Ybarra went on to say, "Sexual violence can be perpetrated by anybody – a dating partner, a friend or somebody you don't know. We asked perpetrators about their relationship with their most recent victims, and one in four said it was not a dating partner."