Publication summary. View publication as a single page. Research continues to depict child sexual abuse as predominantly perpetrated against female children. However, it is clear that definitional differences may influence the rate of sexual assault identified in male and female populations methodological differences are likely to do likewise. Child sexual abuse is clearly an issue in need of a nuanced understanding of both male and female victims.
Characteristics of a clinical sample of sexually abused children: how boy and girl victims differ
Women also sexually abuse children, but their reasons often differ from men's
The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting and affect the victim's mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges: 5. Sexual violence is notoriously difficult to measure, and there is no single source of data that provides a complete picture of the crime. Based on those interviews, the study provides estimates of the total number of crimes, including those that were not reported to police.
The long-term effects of child sexual abuse
Join one of our weekly chat-based support groups , facilitated by a counselor. Many people have absorbed the myths to some extent. Below, we outline the myths and the facts—to encourage understanding and healing. Before exploring the myths, though, here are some key facts:.
Xanthe Mallett does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. This may come as a surprise. There is a common misconception that all child sex offenders are men.