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NCJ Number: 99143 Find in a Library
Title: Characterizing Child Sexual Abuse on the Basis of a Multi-Agency Sample
Journal: Victimology  Volume:9  Issue:3-4  Dated:(1984)  Pages:364-382
Author(s): G Kercher; M Mcshane
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A large multi-agency sample of cases of child sexual abuse was analyzed in terms of victim and perpetrator characteristics and the circumstances under which such victimization occurred.
Abstract: Consistent with previously published reports, most perpetrators were found to be male and most victims were female, but the nature of the abuse was also analyzed in terms of the relationship between victim and perpetrator, and marital status of the offender and the types of sexual activity that took place. In addition, results were also reported on female offenders and their victims. Perhaps unexpectedly, these findings reveal that most of the victims of female offenders were also female. Male victims, on the other hand, were found to be most often victimized by other males unrelated to them. The findings were compared with those of other studies and explanations provided to account for discrepancies. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Victim-offender relationships; Victimology
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