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NCJ Number: 122310 Find in a Library
Title: Process of Victimization: The Victim's Perspective
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:29-40
Author(s): L Berliner; J R Conte
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The victimization process involves three overlapping processes: sexualization of the relationship, justification of the sexual contact, and maintenance of the child's cooperation.
Abstract: Twenty-three child victims (aged 10-18 years) of sexual abuse were interviewed about the victimization process, the person who abused them, and how abuse might have been prevented. Specific questions obtained information about the quality of the relationship between victim and offender, the offender's pre-abuse behavior, the explanation for the behavior given by the offender, and the child's understanding of the behavior. In the area of prevention, one aspect of victimization which appears amenable to educational efforts is the justification for sexual contact given by offenders. However, the most insidious and powerful component of offender strategy is the least amenable to education: children's vulnerability of adult attention. 5 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Victimization
Index Term(s): Child victims; Sexual assault victims
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