From Victim to Offender: Female Offenders of Child Sexual Abuse
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Historically, women have been seen to have a much lower recorded rate of crime than men. In the area of child sexual abuse, women have figured prominently in official statistics as victims but have had virtually no official recognition as offenders. It is difficult for many people to accept that women do sexually abuse children and this can result in discounting by personnel in child protection services and police. This article discusses female offenders of child sexual abuse and the way in which these cases are processed by the criminal justice system.
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- From Victim to Offender: Female Offenders of Child Sexual Abuse
European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Volume 6, Issue 1 , pp 59-73
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- child protection services
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- female crime
- Susan Robinson (1)
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- 1. Flinders University, 4 Medina Street, Aberfoyle Park 5159, South Australia