Risk Factors

Male Characteristics and Behaviors
  • Disrespectful speech or actions
  • Socially inappropriate behavior
  • Domineering or controlling behavior
  • Acting dishonestly or inconsistently
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Belief in rape myths
  • Irresponsibility
  • Hostility toward women

Female Risk Factors
  • Sense of vulnerability
  • Overlooking discomfort
  • Overlooking warning signs
  • Idealizing men
  • Alcohol abuse

Situational Characteristics
  • Isolated or unfamiliar environment
  • Women dependent on men for transportation
  • Man initiates and/or pays
  • Alcohol and/or other drug abuse
Carter, C. (ed). The Other Side of Silence, Gilsom, N.H.: Avocus Publishing, 1995