Sexual Abuse – Current Medico-legal, Forensic and Psychiatric Aspects

  • R. Nardello
  • A. Compagno
  • A. Argo
  • S. Zerbo
  • P. Procaccianti
  • S. Mangano
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Violence against women and minors is a worldwide problem that has not yet been sufficiently acknowledged. There are many obstacles especially when sexual abuses have to be evaluated. These problems are present both when victims of sexual abuse are evaluated and when sex offenders are dealt with, especially when the offenders are juvenile sex offenders (JSO).

These issues give cause for great concern about prognosis, and the resulting psychosocial implications, and call for a special effort from the scientific community in identifying appropriate prevention and treatment methods.

This chapter is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the forensic and psychiatric features, such as diagnostic and therapeutic/rehabilitative strategies for JSO, while the second part analyzes the legal–medicine aspects related to rape/sexual assault in a European context.


Sexual Offense Sexual Assault Victim Victim Empathy Violence Risk Appraisal Guide Deviant Sexual Arousal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Nardello
    • 1
  • A. Compagno
    • 2
  • A. Argo
    • 3
  • S. Zerbo
    • 3
  • P. Procaccianti
    • 3
  • S. Mangano
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze per la Promozione della Salute e Materno Infantile “G. D’Alessandro”Unità Operativa di Neuropsichiatria Infantile, Università degli Studi di PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Servizio per l’età evolutiva - U.O.C. Infanzia Adolescenza e Famiglia, Azienda ULSS7 VenetoPieve di SoligoItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Biopatologia e Biotecnologie Mediche e ForensiUniversità degli Studi di PalermoPalermoItaly

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