The Prevalence of sexual abuse in institutions : Results from a representative population-based sample in Germany
Plener, Paul L.
Sexual Abuse ; 31 (2019), 6. - S. 643-661. - ISSN 1079-0632. - eISSN 1573-286X
Link to original publicationhttps://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1079063218759323
InstitutionsUKU. Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie/Psychotherapie
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The lifetime prevalence of sexual abuse in institutional settings in Germany was examined in a sample representative of the general adult population (N = 2,437). Participants completed a survey on whether they had ever experienced such abuse, its nature (contact, noncontact, forced sexual, intercourse), the type of institution (e.g. school, club), and the relationship of perpetrator to victim (peer, caregiver, staff member). Overall, 3.1% of adult respondents (women: 4.8%, men: 0.8%) reported having experienced some type of sexual abuse in institutions. Adult women reported higher rates of all types than did men, with rates of 3.9% versus 0.8% for contact sexual abuse, 1.2% versus 0.3% for noncontact sexual abuse, and 1.7% versus 0.2% for forced sexual intercourse. We conclude that a remarkable proportion of the general population experiences sexual abuse in institutions, underscoring the need for development of protective strategies. Especially, schools seem to represent good starting points for primary prevention strategies.
Subject headings[GND]: Kind | Sexueller Missbrauch | Deutschland
[LCSH]: Child sexual abuse; Germany
[MeSH]: Child abuse, Sexual | Child, Institutionalized | Sex offenses | Germany
[Free subject headings]: sexual offender | victim
[DDC subject group]: DDC 150 / Psychology | DDC 610 / Medicine & health
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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.18725/OPARU-47806