Sexual Aggression: An Overview
As stated in Chapter 1, this work defines sexual aggression as a wideranging concept that includes milder behaviors such as forcing a kiss on another up to and including forcible, violent rape. The conceptualization also includes the use of alcohol or drugs to coerce another into sexual acts. This definition is consistent with much of the sexual aggression literature and is appropriate to the Koss sexual aggression scale (1982).
This section reviews sexual aggression literature as it pertains to social or external variables associated with coercion and later with personal, internal components. The former includes membership in athletics or fraternal organizations; the latter includes attitudinal and personality measures. It will be shown that strictly environmental correlates do not clearly account for sexually aggressive behavior. An approach that incorporates multidimensional personal attributes and social variables might be the most appropriate venue of research.