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Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Evidence, Policy and Practice, 1st Edition

By Stephen Smallbone, William L. Marshall, Richard Wortley


272 pages

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Public policy responses to child sexual abuse are dominated by interventions designed to take effect only after offenders have already begun offending, and after children have already been sexually abused. Comparatively little attention has been given to alternative prevention strategies – particularly to those aimed at preventing sexual abuse before it might otherwise occur. Considerable knowledge has been accumulated on the characteristics, modus operandi and persistence of offenders, the characteristics, circumstances and outcomes for victims, and the physical and social settings in which sexual abuse occurs, but little work has been done to systematically apply this knowledge to prevention.

This book aims to fulfill this objective through integrating clinical and criminological concepts and knowledge to inform a more comprehensive and effective public policy approach to preventing child sexual abuse. Empirical and theoretical knowledge concerning child sexual abuse is integrated with broader developments in evidence-based crime and child maltreatment prevention, leading to new ideas about understanding and preventing child sexual abuse. This book will be essential reading for anybody with interests in this field.

Table of Contents

1. Child Sexual Abuse: Definitions, Dimensions and Scope of the Problem 2. Explaining Child Sexual Abuse: A New Integrated Theory 3. Identifying Prevention Targets 4. Developmental Prevention 5. Criminal Justice Interventions 6. Treating Adult and Adolescent Offenders 7. Victim-focused Prevention 8. Situational Prevention 9. Community-focused Approaches 10. Towards a Comprehensive Prevention Strategy

About the Authors

Stephen Smallbone is Professor of Criminology, and Clinical and Research Program Leader of the Youth Forensic Service at Griffith University.

William Marshall is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queen's University in Canada, and the Director of Rockwood Psychological Services.

Richard Wortley is Director of the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

About the Series

Crime Science Series

Crime science is a new way of thinking about and responding to the problem of crime in society. First, crime science is about crime. Instead of the usual focus in criminology on the characteristics of the criminal offender, crime science is concerned with the characteristics of the criminal event. Second, crime science is about science, advocating an evidence-based, problem-solving approach to crime control. Crime scientists actively engage with front-line criminal justice practitioners to reduce crime by making it more difficult for individuals to offend, and making it more likely that they will be detected if they do offend

The Crime Science series is utilitarian in its orientation and multidisciplinary in its foundations, drawing on disciplines from both the social and physical sciences, including criminology, sociology, psychology, geography, economics, architecture, industrial design, epidemiology, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and biology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology