Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 283–298 | Cite as

The spectrum of sexual abuse in daycare: An exploratory study

  • Kathleen Coulborn Faller


Findings from an exploratory study of 48 children sexually abused in daycare centers and daycare homes are presented. About two thirds were female and one third male. Approximately half of victims were maltreated by a single perpetrator and about half by more than one perpetrator, in the latter instance almost always by both men and women. On average, the children were subjected to 5.3 types of sexual abuse, experienced 2.1 different sorts of threats to obtain their cooperation or prevent disclosure of their victimization, and suffered from 3.7 symptoms regarded as sequelae of sexual abuse. Differences in the characteristics of offenders, victims, the sexual abuse, threats, and sequelae were found based upon the daycare context, that is, whether children were victimized in a center with multiple perpetrators, a center with a single perpetrator, or a daycare home.

Key words

sexual abuse child sexual abuse daycare child care child maltreatment 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Coulborn Faller
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkThe University of MichiganAnn Arbor

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