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Tammy Garland & Christina Policastro

In: Sexual Victimization: Then and Now

Chapter 9: Victimization of the Vulnerable

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Victimization of the Vulnerable
Victimization of the vulnerable
TammyGarland and ChristinaPolicastro

“Vulnerability refers to the ease of being victimized and the impact the crime has upon the victim” (Doerner & Lab, 2008, p. 293). Although all populations may experience some type of sexual victimization, it is those who are deemed vulnerable that are placed at a heightened risk. Sexually vulnerable populations are not limited by age (e.g., children and the elderly); others may be considered at risk due to mental illness or disabilities as well as situational and lifestyle factors such as homelessness or incarceration. However, for the purposes of this chapter, child, elderly, and inmate sexual victimization will be examined.

Those who are at a greater dependency or are under the direct care of others are at ...

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