Sexual Aggression Scale

Sexual Aggression Scale is an 11-item measure that assesses respondents' views on a sexual aggression view of rape. This scale is a component of the larger Texas Rape Scale (TRS).


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults


1. If my spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend were raped, I would have nothing more to do with him or her.
2. Laws against rape are made by socially dominant males so that their women are protected.
3. Give a potential rapist job skills and an education, and he will not rape.
4. Rape may be a reproductive strategy of some men who are rejected as sexual partners by women.
5. Rape is an attempt to reproduce.
6. Rapists are probably less able to compete with other men for sexual favors from women.
7. It is because some women reject some men as sexual partners that some men rape.
8. I would force a person of the opposite sex to have sex if he or she was obviously a loose person who had sex with many different people.
9. Rapists are out to get sex.
10. Rape has a biological cause.
11. Women tend to hold out sex from men until they get what they want.

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 5

Scoring Procedures

Item scores are summed to a possible range of 11-55. High scores represent support for a sexual aggression perspective of rape while low scores represent little if any support for that position.

Original Citation

Young, R. K., & Thiessen, D. (1992). The Texas Rape Scale. Ethology and Sociobiology, 13(1), 19-33.

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