Victims speak: comparing child sexual abusers' and child victims' accounts, perceptions, and interpretations of sexual abuse

Davidson, Julia (2006) Victims speak: comparing child sexual abusers' and child victims' accounts, perceptions, and interpretations of sexual abuse. Victims and Offenders, 1 (2). pp. 159-174. ISSN 1556-4886

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a longitudinal study
that sought to evaluate a treatment program for child sexual abusers. A triangulated methodological approach was adopted drawing upon quantitative and qualitative methodological techniques. The focus here is upon one element of this research. Ninety-one in-depth interviews were conducted over a four-year period with a small, nonrandom sample of twenty-one male offenders who had been convicted of sexual offenses against children. All of the men were subject to probation orders with a psychiatric condition (Criminal Justice Act, 1991). One of the aims of this element of the research was to explore the extent to which evidence of denial could be found in offenders’ accounts of offense circumstance and also to explore the extent to which offenders minimized the nature and extent of abuse perpetrated. Offenders’ accounts of offense circumstances were compared to victim statements, and stark differences emerge. These findings have considerable implications for treatment practice with sex offenders, where victims’ perceptions could be used to directly confront offender denial and minimization.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): child sexual abuse, child victims’ accounts, sex offender denial, qualitative research, blame attribution
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 12570
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 08:54
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 14:00
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12570

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