Sexual revictimization in adult women: examining factors associated with their childhood and adulthood experiences


 
Author(s)Simmel, Cassandra, Postmus Judy L., and Inseon Lee
Title Sexual revictimization in adult women: examining factors associated with their childhood and adulthood experiences
Source Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 2012, Sept 21:5, pp 593-611
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study explores the association between disclosure of early childhood abuse and later revictimisation in adulthood, including disclosure of the adult revictimisation. The study used a sample of 234 adult women who came from a variety of settings: prison, social service agencies and the general community. Two significant factors for revictimisation were found to be the use of physical force during the childhood abuse along with the initial victimisation occurring in the six to ten years old age group. Another finding suggested that adults who disclosed abuse as a child and found it was responded to, were more likely to disclose sexual victimisation as an adult. The authors suggest that further research in this area is important to develop prevention and intervention strategies that can prevent revictimisation in adulthood.
Keywords Re-victimisation; sexual assault; childhood abuse; disclosure.
Topic

Victimisation; sexual assault; children