Summary: This study examined the association between bullying and sexual violence perpetration among 1,391 middle school students from multiple schools in a Midwestern state. In 2008, students responded to questions about their attitudes and experiences at school as part of a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data was collected in 2 waves. Findings indicated that 12% of males and 12% of females were considered perpetrators of bullying and 20% of females and 24% of males reported homophobic teasing. The most significant predictor of sexual harassment perpetration was bullying. The prevalence of sexual violence perpetration did not vary significantly by gender.
Application: Prevention educators may want to address the meanings and associations between sexual violence, bullying, and homophobic teasing when working with youth. Prevention programs should consider addressing gender-based bullying and sexual harassment.
Limitations: There is an error in the text. The abstract indicates data was collected from students in 5 schools, but the methods report data was collected from 4 schools.