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Understanding Child Sex Offending Trajectories in South Africa: From Victimisation to Perpetration.

Naidoo, L and Van Hout, MC Understanding Child Sex Offending Trajectories in South Africa: From Victimisation to Perpetration. Journal of Sexual Aggression. ISSN 1355-2600 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Violence against women and children, particularly child sexual abuse (CSA) remains a critical public health, human rights, and humanitarian-related issue in South Africa. The research base is largely under-developed in South Africa, given the intense stigmatisation of CSA, lowdisclosure rates and inherent barriers to accessing perpetrators for research purposes. An indepth qualitative study was conducted with twelve sex offenders in a therapeutic, rehabilitation programme. Thematic analysis based on two years of recurrent interviews during the therapeutic intervention illustrates their experiences, histories and factors compounding their journeys as victims toward perpetration. We present in four themes; Familial abuse and maltreatment; Powerlessness, fear and abandonment; Sexualised lives and sexual abuse experiences; and Powerlessness and lasting impact of exposure to and perpetration of CSA .Findings illustrate unique sex offending trajectories from victimisation to perpetration, particular to the South African context. We present broad and contextual recommendations for research, policy, restorative justice, and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Embargo requested: Not known
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and Teaching. Research
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 08:31
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 05:25
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15070

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