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Community reactions to young people who have sexually abused and their families : a shotgun blast, not a rifle shot.

Hackett, S. and Masson, H. and Balfe, M. and Phillips, J. (2015) 'Community reactions to young people who have sexually abused and their families : a shotgun blast, not a rifle shot.', Children & society., 29 (4). pp. 243-254.

Abstract

Data on 117 young sexual abusers were examined to investigate the nature of community responses to young people's abusive behaviour. A wide range of community responses were found, with stigmatisation, social isolation and collateral damage being common. A contagion effect was noted, with community responses extending over time and across contexts. Some young offenders and their families were attacked and forced out of their homes. In some cases, community responses heightened risk factors. The policy and practice implications of the findings are discussed, including the need for caution about the inclusion of children in policies on community notification of sex offenders.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Adolescent sex offender, Community, Sexual abuse, Youth.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12030
Date accepted:29 March 2013
Date deposited:No date available
Date of first online publication:14 May 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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