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Table 2 Characteristics of forced sex experiences (by cases of forced sex (%)) 1

From: Histories of forced sex and health outcomes among Southern African lesbian and bisexual women: a cross-sectional study

  Forced by men Forced by women  
  (n = 145) (n = 96) χ 2
Perpetrator was intimate partner 51 (36.4) 55 (59.1) 10.09*
Perpetrator known to participant    3.29
 Known 87 (65.9) 68 (77.3)  
 Some known and some unknown 15 (11.4) 7 (8.0)  
 Unknown 30 (22.7) 13 (14.8)  
Frequency of experience    1.31
 Once 61 (46.2) 36 (41.9)  
 More than once 71 (53.8) 50 (58.1)  
Type of sex2    
 Fingers or objects in vagina 55 (50.9) 34 (45.3)  
 Fingers or objects in anus 22 (21.0) 16 (23.5)  
 Oral sex on participant 34 (32.7) 34 (46.6)  
 Oral sex on forcing partner 48 (44.9) 42 (56.0)  
 Penis in vagina 108 (85.0) ---  
 Penis in anus 34 (31.5) ---  
 Stimulated vagina of participant --- 47 (60.3)  
 Stimulated vagina of forcing partner --- 40 (54.8)  
Seriousness    29.7*
 Not serious at all 32 (22.9) 37 (40.2)  
 Somewhat serious 16 (11.4) 25 (27.2)  
 Serious 29 (20.7) 17 (18.5)  
 Very serious 63 (45.0) 13 (14.1)  
  1. 1N’s may not sum to total due to missing data; percentages reported are percent of valid data.
  2. 2Type of sex is percent of total reporting forced sex by this gender; respondents could report more than one type of sex. Differences between proportions not tested.
  3. *p < .001.