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The prevention of childhood sexual abuse.

Show simple item record Finkelhor, D. 2013-10-03T16:20:18Z 2013-10-03T16:20:18Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Finkelhor, D. (2009). The prevention of childhood sexual abuse. The future of children, 19(2), 169-194. en_US
dc.description.abstract David Finkelhor examines initiatives to prevent child sexual abuse, which have focused on two primary strategies—offender management and school-based educational programs. Recent major offender management initiatives have included registering sex offenders, notifying communities about their presence, conducting background employment checks, controlling where offenders can live, and imposing longer prison sentences. Although these initiatives win approval from both the public and policy makers, little evidence exists that they are effective in preventing sexual abuse. Moreover, these initiatives, cautions Finkelhor, are based on an overly stereotyped characterization of sexual abusers as pedophiles, guileful strangers who prey on children in public and other easy-access environments and who are at high risk to re-offend once caught. In reality the population is much more diverse. Most sexual abusers are not strangers or pedophiles; many (about a third) are themselves juveniles. Many have relatively low risks for re-offending once caught. Perhaps the most serious shortcoming to offender management as a prevention strategy, Finkelhor argues, is that only a small percentage of new offenders have a prior sex offense record that would have involved them in the management system. He recommends using law enforcement resources to catch more undetected offenders and concentrating intensive management efforts on those at highest risk to re-offend. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Future of Children en_US
dc.subject Prevention en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.title The prevention of childhood sexual abuse. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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