Female sexual abusers: Assessing the risk

We continue to add more and more studies to the bibliography pages.  We are now over 600+ entries and have more to add.  Please pass along the Bibliography page information as many people think that there is very little research on female sex offenders and are surprised when they find a place that has over 600+ entries, most of which are hyper linked for ease use.

The latest entry is :


Turton, J. (2010). Female sexual abusers: Assessing the risk. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 38(4), 279-293.


Successful risk management within child protection is problematic and in many cases is a delicate balancing act between parental and children’s rights. Reversing the expected gender roles creates a dynamic that may increase the difficulties of risk assessment even further. This paper focuses on women who sexually abuse children and discusses the particular problems relating to the assessment of risk in professional practice. The data was gathered in the UK and drawn from a series of qualitative interviews with child protection professionals, including 3 police officers, 2 lawyers, 15 social workers, 6 probation officers, 8 health workers and 11 counsellors. The interview data have identified some links between the gendered assumptions and the rationales used by professionals to explain the abusive behaviour.


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