Annals of sex research

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 185–198 | Cite as

Covert communication between sex offenders and their child victims

  • Gerald Rogers
  • Kaye Renshaw


Covert communication between sex offenders and their child victims was examined. It was expected that sex offenders would acknowledge covert methods of communicating to their child victims (1) "an intent to molest" and (2) "a warning of silence". Data were gathered in open ended, self report format from a known group of child sexual offenders. Examination of the data revealed that a significant number of the participants acknowledged the utilization of covert methods of communicating to their child victims that they intended to molest them. The data further indicated that while 50% of the participants utilized overt methods of communicating a warning of silence to child victims, covert methods of communication were also used with significant frequency. The importance of the recognition of such covert communication is discussed in terms of protecting the child victim from post-disclosure revictimization; in the courtroom, in supervised or unsupervised visitation, and in reunification of the family.


Significant Frequency Child Victim Covert Communication Child Sexual Offender Covert Method 
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© Juniper Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Rogers
    • 1
  • Kaye Renshaw
    • 1
  1. 1.Sex Offenders and Victims Treatment Program of AmarilloAmarillo

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