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NCJ Number: 229775 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding the Factors That Affect the Severity of Juvenile Stranger Sex Offenses: The Effect of Victim Characteristics and Number of Suspects
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:February 2007  Pages:218-237
Author(s): Jessica Woodhams; Raphael Gillett; Tim Grant
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 20
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated how victim characteristics and the number of suspects affected the use of physical violence and weapons and the occurrence of penetration in 495 allegations of sexual assault committed by juveniles against strangers.
Abstract: Understanding factors that affect the severity of a juvenile-stranger sexual assault has implications for crime prevention, and potentially, the assessment and treatment of juvenile sex offenders. Statistically significant interactions between victim age and gender were found for occurrence of penetration and use of violence. Differences in offense characteristics were also found between offenses with varying victim-suspect age differences. When comparing the rate of penetration in the presence and absence of violence, little change was observed for lone suspects. However, the rate of penetration increased significantly for groups in the presence of physical violence, suggesting that violence in this context may be more expressive than instrumental. Theoretical explanations and practical implications are considered. Figures and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Gender issues; Multiple offenders; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Stranger on stranger crimes; Victim profiles; Violent juvenile offenders
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