Immaterial boys? A large-scale exploration of gender-based differences in child sexual exploitation service users

Cockbain, E, Ashby, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4201-9239 and Brayley, H, 2015. Immaterial boys? A large-scale exploration of gender-based differences in child sexual exploitation service users. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. ISSN 1079-0632

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Abstract

Child sexual exploitation is increasingly recognised
nationally and internationally as a pressing child protection, crime prevention and public health issue. In the UK, for example, a recent series of high-profile cases has fuelled pressure on policy-makers and practitioners to improve responses. Yet, prevailing discourse, research and interventions around child sexual exploitation have focused
overwhelmingly on female victims. This study was designed to help redress fundamental knowledge gaps around boys affected by sexual exploitation. This was achieved through rigorous
quantitative analysis of individual-level data for 9,042 users of child sexual exploitation services in the UK. One
third of the sample was male and gender was associated with statistically significant differences on many variables. The results of this exploratory study highlight the need for
further targeted research and more nuanced and inclusive counter-strategies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Creators: Cockbain, E., Ashby, M. and Brayley, H.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2015
ISSN: 1079-0632
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/1079063215616817DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 May 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30597

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