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Substance use and sexual abuse

Substance use and sexual abuse The use of alcohol or drugs as a disinhibitor has also received attention, and a number of studies have found evidence of alcohol use in perpetrators. In an early review, Araji and Finkelhor (1986) concluded, “alcohol plays a role in the commission of offenses by some groups of sex abusers” […]

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Sexual Arousal to Children

Sexual Arousal to Children Historically it was thought that offenders abused primarily because they were sexually aroused to children. More specifically, it was thought that offenders could be divided by whether they had a primary preference to younger or older children and whether they preferred male or female children (Knight, 1992). Findings, however, are not […]

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Offender of child sexual abuse and victim age disparity

Offender of child sexual abuse and victim age disparity The models and typologies presented in the previous section apply mostly to abuse in which offenders seek out much younger victims. These offenders probably experience sociocultural taboos about adult sex with children as inhibitors. This interpretation was forwarded by Finkelhor (1984), who argued that pedophiles had […]

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Models and typologies of identified offenders of child sexual abuse

Models and typologies of identified offenders of child sexual abuse Even though there are important differences between identified and unidentified offenders, studies on identified offenders remain useful. One of the most important sets of literature on identified offenders is that which allows us to understand why they abuse, and especially to understand why certain individuals […]

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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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