Sexual abuse and sexual offending against elderly people: a focus on perpetrators and victims

 

Author(s)Jeary, Katharine
Title Sexual abuse and sexual offending against elderly people: a focus on perpetrators and victims
Source The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology,June 2005, Vol 18, No 2, pp 328-343
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Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary This study explores sexual abuse and sexual offending against elderly people, examining cases ranging from inappropriate touching to serious sexual offences that sometimes involved the death of the victim. Fifty-two cases were included in the study and the demographics of the offenders were examined. It was found, for example, that of the convicted offenders in the study, nearly one in three had at least one previous conviction for sexual offences. A recurring theme in the sexual offences was the excessive violence to which the victim was subjected. The majority of the victims suffered longer-term, life-changing effects and a majority of those in the current study who survived an attack in their own homes felt unable to continue living there and moved either to live with relatives or into residential care. An analysis of the offenders' motivation showed a frequently recurring theme was the exertion of power and control. It is recommended that further research is conducted in the offenders' motivations with a view to identifying the most effective forms of intervention or reduce the possibility of the offenders re-offending.
Keywords Elder abuse; sexual assault; offender characteristics; intervention; prevention
Topic

Elder abuse; sexual assault