n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Prevalence of sexual coercion among students in an institution of higher learning in Gauteng Province, South Africa : sexual behaviour

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Sexual violence is a serious public health issue since it is a risk factor for HIV transmission and may result in unwanted pregnancies, STIs and an array of emotional and psychological problems. The aim of this study was to gain insight into sexual coercion among students in a university in order to augment the current knowledge on this phenomenon and to be an impetus for further research. A cross-sectional descriptive survey design was employed to investigate sexual coercion at the University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus. The Sexual Experiences Survey (SES) tool was administered to a systematic random sample of 335 female students registered for the 2010 academic year. The mean age of the respondents was 21.86 years (SD=3.54; range: 17-46; with approximately 74% staying on-campus. A sexual coercion incidence of 27 % within the past year, and a sexual coercion prevalence of 29 % since age 14 was found. Rape was the most common unwanted sexual act reported by respondents. Particular attention needs to be given to rape as it has the most deleterious medical, psychological and social repercussions. Female students who reside on campus are twice as likely to be a victim of attempted verbal coercion. Half of the respondents, who reported being victimized since the age of 14, were victimized again in the past 12 months from the date of data collection. The study revealed that all female students are at risk of verbal coercion, attempted rape and rape irrespective of age, years of study at university, and sexual orientation. Rape was the most common unwanted sexual act experienced.

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