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The changing face of male sexual assault: recreational drug use and multiple assailants
  1. Fionnuala Finnerty1,
  2. Colin Fitzpatrick1,
  3. Sarah Stockwell1,
  4. Daniel Richardson1,2
  1. 1 Sexual Health & HIV, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 Sexual Health & HIV Medicine, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Richardson, Sexual Health & HIV, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton BN2 5BE, UK; daniel.richardson2{at}

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Up to 4.7% of adult men have experienced attempted non-consensual sexual contact in Britain.1 Male sexual assault is frequently under-reported and the consequences include physical harm, anxiety, depression, substance misuse, suicidal ideation and suicide. Drug-facilitated sexual assault involves many types of pharmacological agents including alcohol and amphetamines. Consensual use of recreational drugs during sex (chemsex) with multiple partners has been described with a particular focus on STI acquisition. Men who have sex with men (MSM) …

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  • Contributors DR and FF designed the study. All authors contributed to data collection, analysis and manuscript production.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.