A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, focusing on sexual violence in adolescence, reveals that nearly 10 percent of youth in America reported that they perpetrated some type of sexual violence in their lifetime.
Sixteen years old was the mode age of first sexual perpetration and 98% who reported their age to be 15 years or younger the first time they victimized someone, were male.
It is not until ages 18 or 19 years old that males and females are relatively equally represented as perpetrators. The study further reveals that females were more likely to perpetrate against older victims and males were more likely to perpetrate against younger victims.
Researchers concluded that links between perpetration and violent sexual media are "apparent" and that victim-blaming appears to be common.
They suggest an "urgent need" for school programs that encourage bystander intervention, as well as implementation of policies that could enhance the likelihood that perpetrators are identified.