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  1. Physical and sexual abuse of children in the West Midlands.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    To describe the convicted and cautioned abusers and the nature of the physical and sexual abuse of children using a legal classification in an attempt to formulate operational criteria for future comparative studies.

    Design 

    A retrospective sequential survey of all cautioned and convicted physical and sexual abusers between the January 1,1988 and June 30,1994.

    Setting 

    The West Midlands police jurisdiction.

    Subjects 

    1,113 abused children and 964 abusers.

    Results 

    The majority of all abuse involved a single child.

    Many abusers lived in the same household and were in a position of trust or quasi-trust.

    When strangers committed abuse, the majority of abuse was sexual.

    A third of the abusers were unemployed.

    Multiple abuse tended to be sexual and was perpetrated by men.

    The physical abuse of young children tended to be committed by younger women.

    No woman over the age of 40 had sexually abused a child.

    Of the children under 12 months, 1.5% had been sexually abused and 8.5% had been physically abused.

    The greater proportion of physical abuse had occurred in children under 9 years of age whereas sexual abuse was perpetrated more often in girls aged 9 to 11 years.

    No girls were murdered in this survey.

    Significantly more boys had been buggered.

    Conclusion 

    This preliminary study is representative of all the cautioned and convicted cases within the selected 5-year period and obtained from a source of material hitherto unavailable. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Abus sexuel, Enfant maltraité, Victimologie, Classification, Royaume Uni, Europe, Statut social, Typologie, Epidémiologie, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual abuse, Child abuse, Victimology, Classification, United Kingdom, Europe, Social status, Typology, Epidemiology, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0252456

    Code Inist : 002B18F02. Création : 11/06/1997.