A Comparison of Victim and Offender Perspectives of Grooming and Sexual Abuse

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This study involved interviews with three female victims of on-line grooming and contact sexual abuse and the three adult males who groomed and abused them. Results indicate that victim and offender dyads most commonly disagreed in their accounts of the sexual elements of the relationship, including initiation; stage when sexualization took place; production of photos and videos; and initiation of contact sexual abuse. The study found that the dynamic between offenders and victims of on-line grooming and child sexual abuse can be varied and complex. Findings are discussed in the context of implications for practitioners and prevention.


Original languageEnglish
JournalDeviant Behavior: an interdisciplinary journal
Early online date6 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015