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Situational factors in female-perpetrated child sexual abuse in organisations : implications for prevention.

Darling, A. and Hackett, S. (2020) 'Situational factors in female-perpetrated child sexual abuse in organisations : implications for prevention.', Journal of sexual aggression., 26 (1). pp. 5-22.


Despite increasing interest in child sexual abuse occurring in organisations, the perpetration of such abuse by females is largely ignored. This study examined situational factors in 136 cases of sexual abuse perpetrated by women working with children in the UK, Canada and the USA between 2000 and 2016. Qualitative and quantitative content analysis of court reports, professional regulator decisions, media reports and an online sentencing database was used, findings indicating that situational and contextual factors are highly relevant in perpetration. Much abuse occurs away from the organisational environment, particularly in perpetrators’ homes and cars, and in virtual environments. However, it also occurs within organisations, generally in unsupervised areas, outside of operating hours and often during mentoring/tutoring or extra-curricular activities. Organisational and local culture can be a facilitator in this abuse and allow it to continue even when concerns are raised. Practical prevention measures are suggested to assist in reducing future abuse.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of sexual aggression on 20 December 2019 available online:
Date accepted:18 November 2019
Date deposited:20 November 2019
Date of first online publication:20 December 2019
Date first made open access:30 November 2019

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