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Title: What Sexual Offenders Tell Us About Prevention Strategies
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(1989)  Pages:293-301
Author(s): J R Conte; S Wolf; T Smith
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH 40022
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 20 adult sexual offenders were interviewed about the process whereby they selected, recruited, and maintained a sexual abuse situation.
Abstract: Offenders were selected only if they were making "successful" progress in treatment in order that they might be less likely to distort the descriptions. Offenders were interviewed by their therapist in a community treatment program using a semistructured interview guide. Results suggest that offenders had a special ability to identify vulnerable children, used that vulnerability to sexually use a child, and that sexual abuse was inherently coercive. Many offenders minimized the level of coercion and violence in their statements and systematically desensitized children to touch. The study highlights the implications for prevention of sexual abuse. Tables and 10 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child molesters
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Third National Family Violence Conference, Durham, July 1987
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