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NCJ Number: 250023 Find in a Library
Title: Lessons Learned: Conducting Research With Victims Portrayed in Sexual Abuse Images and Their Parents
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Dated:March 2016
Author(s): W. A. Walsh; J. Wolak
Date Published: March 2016
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-VF-GX-K017
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since no studies of which the authors are aware have explored victim reactions to participating in research after they have been portrayed in sexual abuse images, the current study conducted telephone interviews with convenience samples of parents (n = 46) and adolescents who were victims of child sexual abuse (n = 11; some of whom were portrayed in sexual abuse images), and online surveys were completed by adult survivors depicted in abuse images (N = 133).
Abstract: The first lesson learned from this study was that few agencies tracked this type of crime. This lack of tracking raises the question as to what types of data should be collected and tracked as part of an investigation. The second lesson was that few victims at the two participating agencies had been portrayed in sexual abuse images (4-5 percent). The third lesson was that once possible cases were identified, the study found relatively high percentages of consent to contact and interview completions. This implies that researchers and service providers should not be hesitant about conducting research after an investigation of child sexual abuse. The fourth lesson was that the vast majority of participants reported not being upset by the questions. The authors hope that the data presented will encourage agencies to reconsider the types of data being tracked and will encourage researchers to conduct in-depth research with populations that are often difficult to reach, so as to continue improving the professional response to child victimization. 14 references (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child Pornography; Child Sexual Abuse; OVC grant-related documents; OVC Resources; Research Ethics; Researcher subject relations; Victim attitudes
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