Child sexual abuse and subsequent offending and victimisation: A 45 year follow-up study                

 
Author(s)Ogloff, James R.P., Cutajar, Margaret C., Mann, Emily, and Paul Mullen
Title Child sexual abuse and subsequent offending and victimisation: A 45 year follow-up study
Source Trends & Issues in Crime & Criminal Justice, Jun 2012, Issue 440, pp 1-6.
Date 2012
Document type Journal Article
Coverage Australia
Summary

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between child sexual abuse and subsequent criminal offending and victimisation. Using the records collected by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine between 1964 and 1995 a database of 2,759 child sexual abuse (CSA) victims was established, together with a comparison group from the general population. Offender and victimisation data was then obtained from the Victorian Police. One significant result was that CSA victims were nearly five times more likely than their peers in the general population to be subsequently charged with an offence although most CSA victims did not have an official criminal record. The charges most significant among CSA cases compared with controls were sexual offences, violent offences and breach of orders. A number of important implications from the study are discussed, including the need for therapeutic interventions with adolescent male CSA victims

Keywords Child sexual abuse; victimisation; offending; longitudinal
Topic

Children ; sexual assault