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12 October 2011

Rape: starting young

The majority of men who rape do so for the first time during adolescence, the average age of first offence being 17 years, a researcher reported.

The majority of men who rape do so for the first time during adolescence, the average age of first offence being 17 years.

What causes men to rape

  • sexual abuse in the family
  • poverty
  • drugs and alcohol
  • gang membership
  • witnessing inter-partner violence in the home
  • insecure attachment and neglect
  • psychological distress
  • less community connectedness

  • focus on changing underlying gender norms
  • multiple sessions rather than once-off sessions
  • a non-confrontational and non-accusatory stance with boys and young men
  • well-trained facilitators with knowledge and some linkages with the participants
  • involvement of parents in school-based interventions

 
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