Journal of Womens Health, Issues and CareISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 6 Issue: 4

Sexual Coercion and Associated Factors among Female Private University Students in Bishoftu Town, East Shewa Ethiopia

Yemsrach Kebede Seyoum1, Aliye Kediro2, Bisrat Zeleke Shiferaw3* and Robera Olana Fite4

1Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Adama General Hospital and Medical College, Adama, Ethiopia

2Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Arsi University, Arsi, Ethiopia

3Department of Nursing, Wolkite University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wolkite, Ethiopia

4Department of Nursing, College of Medicine and Health sciences, Woliata Sodo University, Woliata Sodo, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author : Bisrat Zeleke Shiferaw, M.Sc.
Head of Department of Nursing, Wolkite University, P.O.Box. 07, Wolkite, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-911037686

Received: May 22, 2017 Accepted: July 07, 2017 Published: July 11, 2017

Citation: Yemsrach KY, Aliye K, Bisrat ZS, Robera OF (2017) Sexual Coercion and Associated Factors among Female Private University Students in Bishoftu Town, East Shewa Ethiopia. J Womens Health, Issues Care 6:4. doi: 10.4172/2325-9795.1000277


Background: Sexual coercion refers to any sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advance. Women from all age group are vulnerable. Especially, it is a widely recognized public health problem affecting students from higher educational institution. This study aimed to identify the prevalence of sexual coercion and its predictors among female private university students in Bishoftu town, East Shewa, Ethiopia.
Methods: A cross-sectional study design was employed in Adama and Rift valley Universities branches found in Bishoftu town from May 26 to June 12, 2016.A total of 395 students were involved in the study. Simple random sampling method was employed to select the study participants. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression was conducted. To identify the predictor variables a P-value less than 0.05 were taken as significant association by considering 95% confidence interval.
Results: The study revealed that 171(43.3%) of the respondents experienced sexual coercion. Being a social science student (AOR=2.167; 95%CI=1.139,4.122), respondents fathers’ educational status (AOR=0.406; 95% CI=0.200,0.820), Mothers’ educational status (AOR=0.377; 95% CI=0.191,0.744), respondents source of support (AOR=2.511; 95% CI=1.225, 5.147) and drinking alcohol (AOR=0.358; 95% CI=0.177, 0.723) were found to be the predictors of the sexual coercion among the students.
Conclusion: More than half of the respondents had experienced sexual coercion. The main experience was unwelcomed touch. Faculty in which the students enrolled, fathers’ educational status, mothers’ educational status, source of support for the students and alcohol drinking habit associated significantly with the sexual coercion experience.

Keywords: Sexual coercion; Bishoftu

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