“In there but not in there”: Sibling sexual abuse as a disruptor in the field of child sexual abuse

Peter Yates, Stuart Allardyce*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

In this commentary paper, which draws on the authors’ own past research and practice experience in the field of child sexual abuse prevention as well as a thorough knowledge of the extant literature, we argue that sibling sexual abuse challenges conventional thinking about child sexual abuse, both in terms of how the general public conceptualises child sexual abuse and in terms of our practice responses to it. Traditional service responses are often inadequate and inappropriate in situations involving sexual abuse between siblings. The question is further raised as to whether traditional service responses are appropriate for other forms of child sexual abuse. We argue that instead of siloed, individualist therapy and criminal or youth justice responses, whole-family responses are required, which draw on the principles of family therapy and restorative justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-449
JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
Volume29
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • family therapy
  • harmful sexual behaviour
  • intrafamilial child sex offending
  • person convicted of a sexual offence
  • sibling sexual abuse

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