This book critically reviews research into child sexual abuse (CSA), and provides a concise and clear guide to current knowledge. The topics covered include: the prevalence of CSA; who molests children; the effects of such abuse, both immediate and long term; the risk factors for abuse; and the influences and interventions that may amplify or ameliorate the impact of CSA on the victim. Areas of debate, such as the false memory syndrome, are approached in terms of the research data relevant to their resolution.
Chapter 3: Victims and Perpetrators
Victims and Perpetrators
This chapter presents a review of two closely related issues. First, we will examine the factors that are associated with children who are at high risk of exposure to sexual abuse and consider the extent to which it may be possible to identify at risk children from a knowledge of their family as well as of social and related factors. Second, we will present an overview of what is currently known of the characteristics of those individuals who sexually molest children.
Characteristics of Abused Children
Gender and CSA
The focus in writing and research on CSA has tended to be on female victims (Finkelhor & Baron, 1986). This gender bias in the literature has obscured issues relating to the sexual abuse of male ...