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NCJ Number: 136214 Find in a Library
Title: Moving from Defense to Offense: The Development of an Adolescent Female Sex Offender
Journal: Journal of Sex Research  Volume:29  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1992)  Pages:131-139
Author(s): D C Higgs; M M Canavan; W J Meyer III
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A case report is presented of a prepubertal girl who was a victim of rape and sibling incest and became an adolescent sexual offender. Current literature is reviewed to examine reasons why some abused persons become abusers.
Abstract: Carol's early childhood sexual experiences began with a rape at the age of eight and continued with frequent and intense sexual relations with an older brother. Her experiences of sibling incest experiences led to running away and promiscuity as she grew into adolescence. In addition to the early victimization, problematic female role modeling factors and a predisposition of family dynamics contributed to her move to sexual offending. Carol was born into a family where she needed to protect herself from a harsh, distant father and a depressed, unavailable mother. In this environment, Carol utilized the nurturing older sibling for support. Transgenerational issues led to a paternally dominated, maternally avoiding family. Family secrets, such as sibling intercourse, caused the family to draw closer together and socially isolate themselves from the outside world. Outside the family, Carol discovered that she could gain acceptance, attention, and power by being promiscuous. It is difficult to establish if the promiscuity was Carol's way of offending or if she was being sexually revictimized. 17 references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Case histories; Females; Sex offense causes
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