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

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Davidson, J. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15564880600626114
TypeArticle
TitleVictims speak: comparing child sexual abusers' and child victims' accounts, perceptions, and interpretations of sexual abuse
AuthorsDavidson, J.
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.

Keywordschild sexual abuse, child victims’ accounts, sex offender denial, qualitative research, blame attribution
Research GroupCentre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalVictims and Offenders
ISSN1556-4886
Publication dates
PrintJul 2006
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Dec 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15564880600626114
LanguageEnglish
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