Victimization in Childhood of Male Sex Offenders: Relationship between Violence Experienced and Subsequent Offenses through Discourse Analysis

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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
Institution
Title
Victimization in Childhood of Male Sex Offenders: Relationship between Violence Experienced and Subsequent Offenses through Discourse Analysis
Journal
Victims and Offenders
Author(s)
Abbiati Milena, Mezzo Belinda, Waeny-Desponds Jessica, Minervini Joseph, Mormont Christian, Gravier Bruno
ISSN
1556-4886
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
9
Pages
234-254
Language
english
Abstract
This study aims at better understanding how the form of childhood violence experienced and the type of offense subsequently committed affect how sex offenders recall punishments and difficult events. Fifty-four male perpetrators convicted of sexual offenses against children (SOCs) or against adults (SOAs) were interviewed in France, Belgium, and Switzerland using the Lausanne Clinical Interview (Entretien Clinique de Lausanne or LCI). Almost three-quarters of the sex offenders reported having been victimized during childhood. The correspondence analysis identified several factors that differentiated them. Their appraisal of the distressing event, method of coping with and distancing themselves from it, and how they dealt with emotions varied markedly depending on whether they recognized having experienced various forms of violence during childhood and on what type of offense they subsequently committed. Victimization can be identified as much by the events experienced as by their effect on the sex offender's discourse. Identification of these discursive indicators may lead to an improved therapeutic approach for potentially traumatic childhood experiences.
Keywords
sex offenders , childhood victimization , emotions , psychodynamic approaches
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