skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 212236     Find in a Library
  Title: Child Sexual Abuse on New Mexico Tribal Land, 1999-2004
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Paul Steele ; Nell Damon ; Kristene Denman
  Date Published: 11/2004
  Page Count: 22
  Annotation: This study determined whether there were any differences between reported child sexual abuse cases that originated on New Mexico's tribal lands compared to nontribal areas, based on data from a program in Albuquerque, NM, that serves abused, neglected, and traumatized children and their families.
  Abstract: The study focused on cases served by the program (Safehouse) from 1999 to May 2003. Since the cases studies were restricted to those referred to Safehouse for a forensic interview, they may not be representative of all child sexual abuse cases either on or off the reservation. The findings are useful, however, for advancing understanding of differences in reported cases of child sexual abuse in tribal and nontribal areas. Of the 4,172 cases analyzed, 428 were "tribal," and 3,311 were "nontribal." Researchers were not able to identify tribal or nontribal origins for 433 cases; these were excluded from analysis. Data addressed demographic variables for the victims and accused perpetrators, the victim's relationship to the accused, and characteristics of the abuse episode. Although cases that originated from tribal lands were similar to nontribal cases in many respects, there were some statistically significant differences. There were a greater proportion of male victims and female perpetrators among nontribal cases compared to tribal cases. The majority of tribal cases involved Native-American offenders and victims. Although most victims were living at home at the time of the interview, cases that originated from tribal areas were more likely to involve victims who lived with friends or relatives compared to nontribal cases. This suggests the culturally specific and distinctive living arrangements of Native-American youth. For nontribal cases, perpetrators were more likely to be a parent of the victim as well as a boyfriend or girlfriend of a biological parent, among tribal cases however, perpetrators were more likely to be extended family members. 19 tables and a 16-item bibliography
  Main Term(s): Child victims
  Index Term(s): Reservation crimes ; American Indians ; Comparative analysis ; Child Sexual Abuse ; BJS grant-related documents ; New Mexico
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.