Protecting Australia's Children: Research and Evaluation Register, 1995-2010

Females who sexually abuse in organisations working with children: characteristics, international and Australian prevalence rates: implications for child protection

Project summary

Topic(s)
  • Child abuse and neglect (including sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, emotional abuse/neglect, physical neglect and witnessing family violence)
Publication/completion year 2006
Researcher(s)Lise Hunt
Purpose of the project Current research on sexual offences committed against children by women who work with children is examined in this report.

Research focus

Research/evaluation Research only
Addresses child abuse Yes
Child abuse topic(s)
  • Sexual abuse
Major findingsThe report discusses:
the characteristics of female perpetrators of child sexual abuse;
similarities with male perpetrators of child sexual abuse;
current community attitudes and beliefs towards female perpetrators of child sexual abuse;
changing attitudes towards child care;
cultural considerations;
why sexual abuse by women is difficult to identify;
the underreported and incestuous nature of female sex offending;
the use of violence;
gender of the victims;
international studies of prevalence rates;
victim offender relationships;
sexual abuse perpetrated in an organisational context;
sexual abuse by people of authority;
and the findings of Australian studies on female perpetrated sexual offences against children.

Location

States/Territories studied Not specified

Publications

ReportsHunt, L. (2006). Females who sexually abuse in organisations working with children: characteristics, international and Australian prevalence rates: implications for child protection. South Melbourne, Vic, Child Wise (ECPAT in Australia): 50p.

Source

Information obtained from Literature search
Added to Register 25 February 2011
Last updated 15 August 2011
 

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