Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management

1st Edition - April 30, 2020

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  • Editors: India Bryce, Wayne Petherick
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194348
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194355

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Child Sexual Abuse: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management covers the issue of child sexual abuse from several viewpoints. The book approaches child abuse from both victimization and offender perspectives, offering applied perspectives from experts and practitioners in the field, including discussions on policing, child safety and intelligence. This is a significant divergence from the literature most commonly provided in the market.  Other sections cover psychological, physical abuse, and neglect,  protective factors (at individual and community levels), recognition, responses, biopsychosocial outcomes (dealt with in discrete chapters), public policy, prevention, institutional abuse, children and corrections, treatment, management, and much more.

Key Features

  • Approaches child sexual abuse from both victimization and offending perspectives
  • Comprised of both empirical scholarship and applied material from global experts and practitioners
  • Includes significant advances in areas such as disclosure, the neurological effects of child abuse, neuroplasticity, trafficking, and online and virtual child abuse


Psychologists, Forensic Criminologists, and Practitioners in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement: Students and Instructors of upper-level undergraduate and graduate level forensic psychology and criminology programs

Table of Contents

  • Preface India Bryce and Wayne Petherick
    Foreword Chris Goddard

    Part One: Types of child sexual abuse
    1. Child sexual abuse: Complexities and contexts India Bryce
    2. Offender subtypes and theories of child sexual abuse—Illustrations using two Singapore case studies Xiangbin Lin, Paul Zhihao Yong, Priyathanaa Kalyanasundram, Kend Tuck Ng
    3. Children's low status and vulnerability leading to poly-victimisation, including sexual abuse: The need for attitudinal change and enhanced primary intervention and response strategies Bernadette J. Saunders, Gaye Lansdell
    4. The sexual exploitation of children through prostitution and in travel and tourism Karen J. Spurrier
    5. Online child sexual offending Marie Henshaw, Rajan Darjee, Jonathan A. Clough
    6. Understanding the prevalence and dynamics of sibling sexual abuse Dannielle Wade
    7. Female child sexual offenders Andrea J. Darling, Larissa S. Christensen
    8. Child sexual abuse in the context of disability India Bryce, Karen Glasby

    Part Two: Impact and outcomes of child sexual abuse
    9. Forensic victimology in child sexual abuse Wayne Petherick
    10. A neurodevelopmental perspective of early-life sexual abuse: Characteristics, consequences, and treatment Grant Sinnamon
    11. Impacts of institutional child sexual abuse: What we have learned from research and the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse private sessions James Leslie Herbert, Leah Bromfield, Fiona Arney, Tamara Blakemore
    12. Morbidity and mortality: Health outcomes and premature death in adult victims of child sex abuse Ahona Guha, Nina L. Papalia, Stefan Luebbers, James R.P. Ogloff
    13. Revictimisation of sexually abused children Julie M. Olomi, Naomi M. Wright, Anne P. DePrince
    14. A developmental lifecourse approach to the study of offending and victimisation following child sexual abuse Nina L. Papalia, Stefan Luebbers, James R.P. Ogloff
    15. The impact of sexual victimisation on the criminal career development of juveniles convicted of a sexual offence C.J.W. (Chantal) van den Berg
    16. Human trafficking narratives: A focus on sexual exploitation and the potential implications for young sex workers Dannielle Wade
    17. Vulnerability to fatal violence: Child sexual abuse victims as homicide participants in Australia Amber McKinley

    Part Three: Management: Responding to child sexual abuse
    18. The uneven distribution of child sexual abuse Susan Rayment-McHugh
    19. Education professionals’ role in identifying and reporting child sexual abuse: Untangling the maze Susan Hunt, Karen Broadley
    20. Understanding multitudinous and collaborative investigative responses to child sexual abuse Andrew Lowe, Krystal Schaffer
    21. Recantations and retractions in child sexual abuse Wayne Petherick
    22. An overview of best practice investigative interviewing of child witnesses of sexual assault Sonja P. Brubacher, Mairi S. Benson, Martine B. Powell, Jane Goodman-Delahunty,Nina J. Westera
    23. A review of the use of special measures for complainants’evidence at trial Anne-Sophie Pichler,Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Stefanie J. Sharman, Martine B. Powell, Nina J. Westera
    24. The effect of complainant age on outcomes in the criminal justice system: A case tracking study Chelsea Leach
    25. Reunification of intrafamilial child sex abusers Krystal Schaffer
    26. Interventions for sex offenders who target child victims Shamala Gopalakrishnan, Yasmin Ahamed, Natasha Lim
    27. The treatment and management of child sexual abusers:Applying an evidence-based and ethical approach in the community Astrid Birgden
    28. A conceptual framework for the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse (CSA) in ethnic minority communities Pooja Sawrikar
    29. Prevention of child sexual abuse J. Bart Klika, Janet Rosenzweig, Zach Hiner
    30. Exploring policing and industry practice in the prevention of online child sexual abuse Julia Davidson, Adriano Schimmenti, Vincenzo Caretti, Angelo Puccia, Elisa Corbari, Stefan Bogaerts, Janneke D. Schilder, Mia Scally, Antonia Bifulco, Jeffrey Nicholas DeMarco
    31. The Rotherham child sexual exploitation: An analysis of organisational and criminological contributors Chai Xiau Ting Whistine, John Yu, Ang Mae Chen Mae, Majeed Khader

Product details

  • No. of pages: 772
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 30, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194348
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194355

About the Editors

India Bryce

India Bryce is currently completing her PhD at the University of Southern Queensland, she also holds a Master of Social Work: Forensic Studies, Vocational Graduate Certificate: Community Service Practice (Client Assessment and Case Management), Vocational Graduate Certificate: Community Services Practice (Statutory Child Protection), Masters in Guidance and Counselling, and Bachelor of Education. India is currently a lecturer in Human Development, Wellbeing and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland and has previously worked as a Child Safety Officer in the state of Queensland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Human Development, Wellbeing and Counselling, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Wayne Petherick

Wayne Petherick is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University in Australia. Wayne’s areas of interest include forensic criminology, forensic victimology, criminal motivations, criminal profiling, and applied crime analysis. He has worked on risk and threat cases, a mass homicide, stalking, rape, and a variety of civil suits involving premises liability and crime prevention. He has presented to audiences in Australia and abroad, and has published in a variety of areas including social science and legal works in the areas of criminal profiling, expert evidence, stalking, serial crimes, criminal motivations, and victimology. Wayne is co-editor of Forensic Criminology, and editor of Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, now in its third edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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  • Oscar Sun Aug 07 2022

    Most completed textbook on CSA I've ever read

    Very completed and updated information about the complexities of CSA in different settings.