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Women Who Sexually Abuse Children

Hannah Ford

ISBN: 978-0-470-01574-2 August 2006 204 Pages


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.

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

"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)