Nonconsensual Insemination: A Pilot Study
Posted: 10 Mar 2013 Last revised: 27 Mar 2013
Date Written: April 1, 2012
Nonconsensual insemination may be an act of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). This pilot study established that most respondents in this small sample were victims of nonconsensual insemination. Surprisingly, none of the respondents in this study said that they reported nonconsensual insemination to their healthcare providers or to law enforcement, even though they believed that nonconsensual insemination is wrong. This study can be used to design further studies that may eventually be able to reduce the sexual health problems caused by nonconsensual insemination, e.g., sexual violation and abuse, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and unintended pregnancy. The data could be instrumental in designing additional studies that will be useful to the criminal justice system in prosecutions and policy-making. Few surveys have been conducted about reproductive coercion or other acts relating to nonconsensual insemination. The best way to begin studying and dealing with this severely unreported form of abuse is by establishing that it has occurred to some people.
Keywords: nonconsensual insemination, reproductive coercion, intimate partner violence screening, three stages of abuse, reporting, policy, criminal justice
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