Women: new perpetrators of child sexual abuse! Fact or fiction?

Tilley, Katie (2010) Women: new perpetrators of child sexual abuse! Fact or fiction? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In the past decade an increasing number of cases have been reported regarding child sexual abuse perpetrated by women. This dissertation reviewed the literature available in relation to women who sexually abuse children in order to determine whether the amount of child sexual abuse perpetrated by women has increased, or whether it has always occurred, but a reluctance to recognise it has led to under-reporting. The dissertation considered barriers which have prevented recognition and reporting of child sexual abuse perpetrated by women and the role of feminism and feminist theory on this issue. Furthermore, it considered reasons for an increase in child sexual abuse perpetrated by women. Following a review of the literature it is clear there is no simple answer. However it was apparent there are significant barriers that have prevented recognition and reporting of the issue. The dissertation discussed implications for social work policy and practice and identified a need for further research to be undertaken. Finally, it urged social work practitioners to consider child sexual abuse perpetrated by women more openly.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/808

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