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Comment & Response
June 2014

Understanding Sexual Violence Perpetration

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 2Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(6):581. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5408

To the Editor The article “Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents”1 recently published in JAMA Pediatrics documents that both males and females can be perpetrators or victims of sexual violence; however, both the methods used and the interpretation of the findings ignore the important influence of gender, particularly in the etiology underlying sexual violence perpetration.

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