When Women Sexually Abuse Men
The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking, Harassment, and Sexual Assault
by Philip W. Cook with Tammy L. Hodo, PhD
June 2013, 193pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39729-5
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It is easy to make the incorrect assumption that only males commit crimes like sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and rape. However, research indicates that equal numbers of men and women felt that they have been threatened or pressured into having sex against their will. Incidents of stalking by women against men are also on the rise—and it’s not just celebrities who are being targeted.

Revealing the shocking and detailed accounts of how adult women stalk, sexually assault, and even rape adult men, this book portrays an eye-opening reality: women can act as aggressive predators and victimize men.

Crimes of a sexual nature perpetrated by adult females against males constitute a serious problem in our society. A woman can rape a man, and this crime occurs far more often than most imagine. This book addresses an entire range of crimes beyond rape, however; stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual assault are all covered in detail.

When Women Sexually Abuse Men: The Hidden Side of Rape, Stalking, Harassment, and Sexual Assault illuminates the long-overlooked subject of adult female against adult male sex crimes. Combining personal accounts, information on criminal cases, relevant research on adult female against adult male sexual offenses, and statistical data from the FBI and other government sources, the authors comprehensively document how some women can be aggressive sexual predators, just like their male counterparts; highlight the changes in the criminal behavior of women; and provide fascinating stories of true crime as well as shocking revelations about human behavior.


  • Details the rape trials of two women as well as other personal accounts and interviews
  • Utilizes careful analysis of research to determine the extent of this crime by adult women against adult men
  • Addresses a range of actions in which adult women sexually abuse or assault adult men, and offers advice and counsel to these victims
  • Provides surprising information that will be of value to law enforcement and corrections practitioners, social workers, business administrators, human resources personnel, academics in the fields of sociology, psychology, gender issues, and criminology, as well as general readers
Philip W. Cook is an investigative journalist and author. His published works include Praeger's Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence and articles he has written or coauthored in Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, and many others. His work has received high praise from national columnists such as "Ask Amy" and "Dear Abby," as well as many of the nation's leading domestic violence sociologist, attorneys, physicians, law enforcement, and mental health professionals. Cook has been interviewed by nationally broadcast or print media outlets such as CBS radio, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Associated Press, The Canadian Press, Court TV, The O'Reilly Factor, The Montel Williams Show, and The Jim Bohannon Show. He is a former radio and television broadcast journalist who has received awards for his reporting from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Tammy L. Hodo, PhD, is criminal justice adjunct, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX; sociology adjunct at San Diego Miramar College, CA; and former chair of the School of Criminal Justice, ITT Technical Institute, San Diego, CA. She was previously project assistant at the Center for Urban Inititatives and Research, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her published work included the article "Voices from Within: The Academic Experiences of Minority Scholars at a Midwest Research University" in the online journal e.polis.


"Phillip W. Cook and Tammy L. Hodo’s book is a must-read for anyone wanting to debunk, question, or gain insight about non-stereotypical attitudes about female sexual aggression against men. These two authors turn traditional sexual stereotypes against the norm and expose a darker side in society." —Georgen Guerrero, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of the Incarnate Word, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

"Will you agree with everything that the authors contend in this book? Of course not—this is a highly charged topic. But this book provides much important information that will both challenge your accepted beliefs and hopefully lead us to improve in our prevention and treatment approaches. This should be read by all those who work with adolescents as well as by their parents, so that they may talk with their adolescents, whether boys or girls, and help them avoid being either the perpetrator or victim of sexually coercive, harassing, or assaultive behavior. " —Deborah M. Capaldi PhD, Senior Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center

"Back in the eighties, it was absolute blasphemy to indicate that women were as likely as men to victimize intimates. Now, in comparison, at least thirty percent of the students I encounter find this statement to be 'old hat,' indeed as something that has been known all the time. I attribute this sea change to people like Phil Cook and, now, Tammy Hodo. I applaud them for their efforts." —R.L. McNeely, Attorney and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus

"I read this book at one sitting even though there were moments when the sheer viciousness and cruelty of some case studies were hard to stomach. It is a book that can easily be read by the public but will also be a valuable document, probably the first of its kind, to forensically look at women's role in domestic violence. While this book makes difficult reading, and at times I put it down, I felt a surge of hope when I finished it because it makes it so clear that neither men nor women are the enemy. " —Erin Pizzey, Author of Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear and Founder of Chiswick Women’s Refuge

"Cook addresses what must be considered the most difficult taboo subject of all—to confront sexual abuse and sexual violence by adult females against adult males. It is a book perhaps ahead of its time; surely it took boldness and courage to write as there will be many who seek to deny and trivialize the subject. But Cook marshals evidence from a wide variety of credible and explanatory sources—from academic research papers to surveys conducted by public groups in the United States and elsewhere, personal victim testimonies, and media reports, to portrayal of the topic in popular culture. This book is a ground-breaking contribution to the literature on inter-personal abuse." —Malcolm George, MD, Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, Former professor, Queens Mary and Westfield College
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