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Women Who Sexually Abuse Children

ISBN: 978-0-470-03081-3
204 pages
August 2006
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Until recently, the topic of female sexual offenders remained under-researched, and many incorrect assumptions and beliefs still surround the subject. This book is organised in to five parts around eleven chapters. It provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research in this often overlooked area and discusses both adult female offenders and adolescents/younger children who commit sexual offences against children. After an in-depth evaluation of research literature, the author then considers a range of treatment approaches and directions for future research.
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Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xii

Introduction 1

Part I: The Nature and Prevalence of Sexual Abuse by Women and Our Understanding of it

1 The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse by Women 7

2 How is Sexual Abuse by Women Conceptualised and Understood? 17

3 The Nature of Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Women 25

Part II: Contextualising Sexual Abuse by Women

4 Potentially Relevant Factors in Sexual Abuse by Women 37

5 Male Coercion of Females into Sexually Abusive Behaviour 47

6 What Might MotivateWomen to Sexually Abuse Children? 57

Part III: The Consequences of Sexual Abuse by Women

7 Is Sexual Abuse by Women Harmful? 69

Part IV: Furthering Our Understanding and Developing Work in this Field

8 Aspects of Female Offending in Need of Further Research 93

9 Intervening with Female Abusers: Treatment Needs, Methods and Outcomes 111

Part V: Widening Our Focus

10 Mothers who are Partners of Male Offenders: are they Collusive and therefore Abusive? 129

11 Female Adolescents and Children who Sexually Abuse 149

Concluding Thoughts 167

References 171

Index 189

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Hannah Ford is a Research Psychologist for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a charity that works with both victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse.
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"The strength of this book is the skill with which Ford leads the reader through difficult and challenging material." (Youth and Policy, Autumn 2007/Winter 2008)
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