Mapping the landscape of male-on-male rape in London: an analysis of cases involving male victims reported between 2005 and 2012

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  • Benjamin A. Hine
  • Julia A. Yesberg
  • Daniela Wunsch
  • Barry Charleton
  • Bimsara K.S. Widanaralalage Don

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  • University of West London
  • University College London
  • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime


Male-on-male rape remains an under-researched area, and little is known about the characteristics and outcomes of this type of crime. This study examines 122 rape cases involving young adult and adult male victims reported to the London Metropolitan Police Service between 2005 and 2012. Overall, there were a number of similarities with cases involving female victims; however, male cases were more likely to involve strangers, substance use, and a victim with mental health issues, alluding to specific vulnerabilities. Moreover, younger victims, victims with poor mental health, and victims who had consumed alcohol or drugs were less likely to have their cases referred to prosecutors and more likely to be ‘no-crimed’ by police. This paper provides unique insight into the profile and trajectories of male-on-male rape cases, and preliminary recommendations for both police practice and future research are provided.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-126
Number of pages18
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2020


  • attrition, male rape, policing, Rape, rape myths

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