Factors related to childhood sexual abuse among gay/bisexual male internet escorts

Jeffrey T. Parsons, David S. Bimbi, Juline A. Koken, Perry N. Halkitis

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This exploratory investigation examined the relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and related psychosocial characteristics and sexual behaviors among 46 gay/bisexual male escorts who advertise via the Internet. More than a quarter of men (28.3%) reported some history of CSA. Men reporting CSA were more likely to be from an ethnic minority group, identify as bisexual, have a primary male partner, and were less likely to identify an anal receptive ("bottom") sexual role preference. Men with a history of CSA were more likely to report unprotected sex with work-related partners, increased internalized homophobia, and decreased adolescent isolation. Interventions designed for male escorts with a history of CSA should emphasize safer sex strategies with work partners and reducing internalized homophobia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Gay men
  • Sex work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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