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NCJ Number: NCJ 241452     Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests from a Situational Perspective
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:21  Issue:4  Dated:July - August 2012  Pages:437 to 455
Author(s): Karen J. Terry ; Joshua D. Freilich
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 19
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides an analysis of data from two studies on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests to help understand the opportunities clergy had or created to abuse youth.
Abstract: Most sexual offense research focuses on offender motivation and individual risk factors rather than the criminal events themselves. This article provides an analysis of data from two studies on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests to help understand the opportunities clergy had or created to abuse youth. Findings show that situational factors played a role in victim choice among a heterogeneous group of abusers. Priests abused more male than female victims and had significantly greater access to male youth historically. When access to female youth increased in the 1990s, abuse of females as a percentage of victims also increased. The article concludes with a discussion about how ecological information can be used to craft intervention policies to prevent sexual offenses. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Sexual assault victims ; Religion ; Situational theory ; Situational crime prevention
   
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