The field of Domestic Violence research has expanded considerably in the past decade and now includes work conducted by researchers in many different disciplines, notably political science, public health, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, family studies, and medicine. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field, organized by relationship type. The handbook addresses the three major areas of research on domestic violence: (1) Violence against partners; (2) Violence against children; and (3) Violence against other family members. This Handbook is a unique and timely publication and a long awaited, valuable resource for the vast amount of Domestic Violence research centres and individual researchers across the globe. Part 1: Men's Violence Against Women; Part 2: Women's Violence Against Men; Part 3: Violence Against Partners in Homosexual Relationships; Part 4: Mothers' Violence Against Children; Part 5: Father's Violence Against Children; Part 6: Other Circumstances of Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Against Children; Part 7: Violence Against Siblings; Part 8: Violence Against Parents; and Part 9: Violence Against Other Family Members.
Chapter 46: Sexual Abuse of Siblings
Sexual Abuse of Siblings
Sibling sexual abuse (SSA) may be the most closely kept secret in the field of domestic violence. More than one in three cases of sexual assault against children in the United States are committed by other minors (Finkelhor et al., 2009) – siblings often are the offenders. Data from a recent US Department of Health and Human Services Child Maltreatment Report (2014) states that at least 2.3% of children were sexually victimized by a sibling. By comparison, during this same period 0.12% were sexually abused by an adult family member.
SSA may also be the longest-lasting type of intrafamilial sexual abuse and the type of abuse most likely to remain undisclosed in families ...