Mapping the landscape of male-on-male rape in London: an analysis of cases involving male victims reported between 2005 and 2012

Hine, B.A., Murphy, A.D., Yesberg, J.A., Wunsch, D., Charleton, B. and Widanaralalage Don, K. 2021. Mapping the landscape of male-on-male rape in London: an analysis of cases involving male victims reported between 2005 and 2012. Police Practice and Research. 22 (1), pp. 109-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2020.1843458

TitleMapping the landscape of male-on-male rape in London: an analysis of cases involving male victims reported between 2005 and 2012
TypeJournal article
AuthorsHine, B.A., Murphy, A.D., Yesberg, J.A., Wunsch, D., Charleton, B. and Widanaralalage Don, K.
Abstract

Male-on-male rape remains an under-researched area, and little is known about the characteristics and outcomes of this type of crime. This study examines 122 rape cases involving young adult and adult male victims reported to the London Metropolitan Police Service between 2005 and 2012. Overall, there were a number of similarities with cases involving female victims; however, male cases were more likely to involve strangers, substance use, and a victim with mental health issues, alluding to specific vulnerabilities. Moreover, younger victims, victims with poor mental health, and victims who had consumed alcohol or drugs were less likely to have their cases referred to prosecutors and more likely to be ‘no-crimed’ by police. This paper provides unique insight into the profile and trajectories of male-on-male rape cases, and preliminary recommendations for both police practice and future research are provided.

JournalPolice Practice and Research
Journal citation22 (1), pp. 109-126
ISSN1561-4263
1477-271X
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2020.1843458
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2020.1843458
Publication dates
Published15 Jan 2021
Published online17 Nov 2020

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