Diversified forms of therapeutic and social rehabilitation actions applied to male and female perpetrators of sexual abuse against children


The aim of this study was to present the specific risk factors that differentiate the male and female perpetrators of child sexual abuse, and to discuss the therapeutic effects applied to women and men who perform such acts. In particular, the conditions of application of the two therapeutic models MBT and FBT as well as the gender blind and gender bias therapy are highlighted. The differences in both the risk factors and the specifics of acting of male and female
perpetrators of sexual abuse justify the need for different therapeutic and social rehabilitation treatment of both categories. Traditional and stereotypical treatment of women involved in sexual violence as victims and subjecting them to therapies for victims is in many cases not justified, nor is the application of standard solutions typically used against male perpetrators. The actions taken towards female perpetrators require taking into account not only the
specificity of their life situation, their social roles but also the complex consequences of the process of primary and secondary victimization. The actions taken against male and female perpetrators of such acts, both in isolation and outpatient settings, should not be profiled in terms of the stereotypical perception of a woman and a man entangled in sexual violence. It is therefore necessary to go beyond this stereotypical pattern and to use non-standard

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Kowalczyk, M. H. (2019). Diversified forms of therapeutic and social rehabilitation actions applied to male and female perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. Resocjalizacja Polska, (18), 51-67. https://doi.org/10.22432/pjsr.2019.18.04

Małgorzata H. Kowalczyk 
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu  Poland

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