Journal Article

Sexual Abuse by Men who Work with Children: An Exploratory Study


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 4, pages 511-523
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Sexual Abuse by Men who Work with Children: An Exploratory Study

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This paper reports findings from an exploratory study on sexual abuse by men who work with children. As a first step towards filling a major gap in the relevant research literature, in-depth interviews were carried out with a small sample of men serving prison sentences for sexually abusing children in their trust. The paper focuses on their accounts of their life histories, including their experiences of prison treatment programmes, and provides a detailed picture of their thinking, feelings and motivations. In revealing how the men construct their own sense of masculine identity within social and professional contexts that are dominated by a heterosexual, white male hegemony, the paper challenges purely psychological explanations of why men sexually abuse. It concludes that sexual abuse in organizational settings is less likely to be challenged if masculinity is not focused on as an issue of power.

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Subjects: Social Work

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