A Child Sexual Abuse Research Project: A Brief Endnote.

Journal of child sexual abuse

PubMedID: 24945659

Roberts S, Vanstone M. A Child Sexual Abuse Research Project: A Brief Endnote. J Child Sex Abus. 2014;.
Abstract There is a dearth of research on sexual abuse perpetrated by educators. Although the problem is receiving increasing attention, little emphasis has been placed on abuse directed at younger schoolchildren and on offenders' accounts of this form of abuse. Here, we attempt to address this gap in knowledge by exploring the narratives of five convicted, imprisoned male child sexual abusers, each of whom worked with children in educational settings in the United Kingdom. We draw on four themes which emerged from detailed interviews with offenders, namely: the power of reputation; authority and control; the "front of invulnerability"; and disclosure of abuse. We conclude by considering the implications of our work for policy and practice.