Factors associated with victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression in Chilean university students


  • Hebe Hernández-Romero Griepis (Grupo de Investigación en Epidemiología y Servicios), Universidad Libre. Cali, Colombia
  • Paulina Rincon Departamento de Psicología, Universidad de Concepción. Concepción, Chile. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0794-2765
  • Yaranay López-Angulo Departamento de Psicología, Universidad de Concepción. Concepción, Chile https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3331-6875
  • Rubia Cobo-Rendón Programa de Magíster en Psicología Educacional, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad del Desarrollo. Concepción, Chile https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3350-071X
  • Elvis Siprian Castro-Alzate Programa Académico de Terapia Ocupacional, Programa Académico de Doctorado en Salud, Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2498-350X



Palabras clave:

Sexual aggression, university students, victimization, perpetration, associated factors


Introduction: Sexual aggression is a type of violence considered a public health problem that can affect people at any time of their lives. This investigation had three objectives: 1) to know the prevalence of victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression and its subtypes in the Chilean university context, 2) to identify the association of sex on the prevalence of victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression and its subtypes, and 3) to identify the association of alcohol consumption and victim-perpetrator relationship in the subtypes of victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression based on sex. Materials and methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study, with a sample of 1728 students (65.3% women) with a median age of 22 years. Results: 42.6% and 8.3% of the students reported at least one incident of victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression respectively in the last 12 months; an association of sex with the victimization of sexual aggression χ2 (1, N = 1728) = 101,425, p < .001 and its subtypes was identified; no sex association was identified with the perpetration of sexual aggression, but with sexual coercion χ2 (1, N = 1728) = 5,122, p < .05. In the case of alcohol consumption and victim-perpetrator relationship, they were associated with some subtypes of victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression. Conclusion: the findings contribute to the estimation of the magnitude of sexual aggression and associated factors in the university context, which should be explored in depth in order to create preventive programs for victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression. 


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Hernández-Romero, H., Rincon, P., López-Angulo, Y., Cobo-Rendón, R., & Castro-Alzate, E. S. (2023). Factors associated with victimization and perpetration of sexual aggression in Chilean university students. Revista De Investigación De La Universidad Norbert Wiener, 12(1), a0017. https://doi.org/10.37768/unw.rinv.12.01.a0017