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Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PP427-369600 April 3, 2002 8:27 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 14, No. 3, July 2002 (
Characteristics of Perpetrators of Child
Sexual Abuse Who Have Been Sexually
Victimized as Children
and Kevin Browne
This paper reports on a study of all convicted child sexual abusers in S.E. London.
Almost half the offenders reported experiences of sexual victimization in child-
hood, and the authors aimed to explore the differences between the abused and
nonabused child sexual abusers. A range of background and offending variables
were examined. It was found that sexually victimized child abusers were signiﬁ-
cantly more likely to have experienced a range of childhood abuse and associated
difﬁculties; they were more likely to have a range of psychosexual difﬁculties, to
report greater levels of deviant offence-related attitudes on psychometric mea-
sure, to be recidivists, and to offend against boys. Both emotional abuse/physical
neglect in childhood and having homosexual contacts in adulthood signiﬁcantly
contributed to a predictive model, reliably distinguishing between sexually vic-
timized and nonsexually victimized child sexual abusers. The implication of these
ﬁndings for treatment approaches for sex offenders is discussed.
KEY WORDS: child sexual abuse; sexual victimization; psychosexual.
The characteristics of sexual offenders have been described extensively (e.g.,
Craissati & McClurg, 1996; Finkelhor, 1986), including commentary on their own
rates of childhood victimization. Nevertheless, numerous questions remain unan-
swered regarding the nature of the relationship between sexual victimization in
childhood and subsequent perpetration of sexual assaults. There are potentially
Department of Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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2002 Plenum Publishing Corporation