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The study of coercive sexual acts has generally been overlooked by both researchers and funded programmes. Available evidence has been scattered and often given the impression that non-consensual sex among young people is a rare occurrence. This important volume dispels any such misconception. It presents a disturbing picture of non-consensual sex among girls as well as boys, and among married as well as unmarried young women in a variety of settings. It documents the expanse of non-consensual experiences that young people face - from unwanted touch to forced penetrative sex and gang rape. Although the focus is on young females, the volume also sheds light on the experience of young males as both victims and perpetrators. Sex Without Consent also documents the unsupportive -and sometimes abusive - roles of families, teachers, health care providers and law enforcement agents.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd