Experiences of sexual coercion among adolescent women: qualitative findings from Rakai district, Uganda.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Limited data from low-income countries are available on the continuum of coercive experiences, the contexts in which they occur, and how adolescent women perceive and respond to coercion. This article presents results from focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with pregnant and never pregnant sexually active female adolescents, aged 15 to 17, residing in Rakai District, Uganda, to examine sexual coercion, its context, and the links between coercion and adolescent reproductive health outcomes, including early sexual debut and pregnancy. Informants described multiple forms of sexual coercion, including coerced or forced intercourse, unwanted sexual touching, verbal harassment, and transactional sex. Sexual coercion was perceived to be a normal part of intimate relationships; in particular, informants felt that a woman's lack of decision-making authority, including choices on sexual encounters, was implicit to marriage. This information may help violence prevention programs develop a range of strategies for addressing sexual coercion among adolescents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wagman, J; Baumgartner, JN; Waszak Geary, C; Nakyanjo, N; Ddaaki, WG; Serwadda, D; Gray, R; Nalugoda, FK; Wawer, MJ

Published Date

  • December 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 2073 - 2095

PubMed ID

  • 19109534

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-2605

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0886260508327707


  • eng