Study: 1 in 16 US woman say they were coerced, forced into first sexual experience

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(CNN) — A new study finds that for one in 16 American women, their first sexual experience was forced or coerced.

Researchers surveyed more than three million women between the ages of 18 and 44.

They found more than six percent said their first sexual experience was unwanted.

The violence was reported across all demographic groups.

Women who reported being attacked were an average age of 15 when it happened.

Their assailants was typically six years older.

The study was published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Its authors say doctors should develop tools to help patients who have experienced sexual trauma.

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