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NCJ Number: 97308 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Abuse of Boys (From Rape and Sexual Assault, P 97-109, 1985, Ann W Burgess, ed. - See NCJ-97300)
Author(s): D Finkelhor
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Grant Number: MH34109; 90-CA-840/01
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of data on the sexual abuse of boys indicates that boys are often sexually victimized, although the rates are far lower than those for girls, and that the perpetrators are generally men.
Abstract: Until recently, discussions of sexual abuse of children have focused mainly on females. The definition of sexual abuse of boys has been hampered by common presumptions that boys often initiate the sexual encounters and that they are less negatively affected than girls by these encounters. Nevertheless, sexual encounters between prepubertal males and adults should be defined as the sexual abuse of boys. Data from four surveys show consistently that from 2.5 to 5 percent of boys are sexually victimized before age 13. Comparison with similar studies of girls indicates that two to three girls are victimized for every boy. Boys are more likely than girls to be victimized by someone outside the family, perhaps because of the characteristics of sex offenders. The abuse of boys is more likely to be reported to the police than to a hospital or child protective agency. Data tables, notes, and a list of 33 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Crime patterns; Estimated crime incidence; Sexual assault victims
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