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From Victim to Offender
How child sexual abuse victims become offenders

ISBN 9781863737593
Published March 1, 1995 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Tom was the only adult who gave me the attention and affection that I so badly needed. I loved his caresses and the times he comforted me. I loved talking to him because he was the only adult who listened and understood. - Neil's Story

From Victim to Offender shows how victims of child sexual abuse become juvenile and adult offenders. The stories told by these offenders reveal the vulnerability of boys to paedophiles and pederasts who provide the male attention lacking in some children's home lives. They show how early sexualisation damages children's sexual development, their relationships and their adult lives. The story of a female offender reveals that this problem is not confined to boys.

These stories highlight the inadequacy of current child protection programs for the protection of boys. The editor's introduction and the chapter from a psychologist who specialises in the treatment of offenders emphasise the need to improve child protection and treatment programs for offenders.

From Victim to Offender offers unique insights into the experiences of victims and offenders of sexual abuse, and is essential reading for professionals who are concerned about child protection and those responsible for the rehabilitation of offenders.

Table of Contents


1 Perspectives on offenders

2 In search of love

3 Unholy orders

4 Children in the 'care and protection' of the State

5 Little Jim

6 'It did me no harm - I did no harm'

7 Child prostitution and the law

8 The greatest taboo of all

9 One law for the rich and another for the rest of us

Postscript: Boys - the forgotten victims

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Freda Briggs has an international reputation as an expert on child abuse and is Professor at the De Lissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of South Australia. She is author (with Russell Hawkins) of Child Protection, and sole author of Teaching Personal Safety Skills to Children with Disabilities, Why My Child?, Keep Children Safe, and Child Sexual Abuse.