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February, 2017

Unidentified offenders of child sexual abuse

Unidentified offenders of child sexual abuse The previous analysis suggested that the vast majority of offenders do not come to the attention of authorities. Thus, it is critical to understand how identified offenders compare to the much larger population of unidentified offenders. The purpose of this section is to present the minimal information available on […]

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How many offenders of child sexual abuse are Identified?

How many offenders of child sexual abuse are Identified? Identified and unidentified populations of offenders may be very different. Perhaps the most important reasons for these differences are that social policies prioritize certain types of abuse, especially intrafamilial abuse, and most offenders are not caught. Because the first issue has been discussed throughout the early […]

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Likelihood of sexually abuse

Likelihood of sexually abuse How many males are at risk to purposefully sexually abuse a child? It has long been of concern that far more offenders exist in the general population than come to the attention of authorities. That 30% to 40% of girls, and as many as 13% or more of boys, are sexually […]

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sexual abuse might occur when potentiating factors outweigh protective factors

sexual abuse might occur when potentiating factors outweigh protective factors The transactional portion of the model is perhaps the most critical, for it represents the juncture among risk factors. This juncture can only be described as a complex process by which factors come together and crystallize into some level of risk. Risk factors are protective […]

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Children at greater risk of sexual abuse at different times

Children at greater risk of sexual abuse at different times Children appear to be at greater risk of sexual abuse at different times during childhood. Whether this is a result of or coincidental to their developmental stage is currently unclear. Most studies, when examining risk of abuse by age, have concluded that risk is greatest […]

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the relationship between attachment and risk of sexual abuse

the relationship between attachment and risk of sexual abuse At the level of the child, the child’s attachment status is probably a risk factor, although it is obviously affected by the caregiver’s attachment status. Securely attached children have internal representational models of positive images of both self and other (Bowlby, 1988; Paterson & Moran, 1988). […]

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Unsecure attachment relationship is risk factor for child physical abuse and neglect

Unsecure attachment relationship is risk factor for child physical abuse and neglect Attachment to parents may be an important risk factor and may explain better than family systems theory the relationship between family dysfunction and child sexual abuse. Attachment theory was developed by Bowlby (1969, 1973, 1980) to explain relationship patterns between parents and their […]

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the socialization in child sexual abuse

the socialization in child sexual abuse A macrosystem factor that is probably implicated in the high prevalence of child sexual abuse is the socialization of both males and females, the standards of which are bound within the sociocultural norms of society. As such, beginning at even a very young age, males are socialized to be […]

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the risk of sexual abuse is oppression of minorities

the risk of sexual abuse is oppression of minorities An important societal dynamic that is probably implicated in risk of sexual abuse is oppression of minorities. The United States has a long history of oppression and institutionalized racism. Oppression and discrimination result in a variety of problems within minority communities, including less access to resources, […]

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child sexual abuse is an abuse of power

child sexual abuse is an abuse of power Experts now agree that child sexual abuse is primarily an abuse of power. The most classic conceptualization of abuse is that of more powerful adults abusing less powerful children. Yet, the issue of power is more complex, for three reasons. First, up to 40% of all offenders […]

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