n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Convicted male child sexual offenders : a social worker perspective

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The goal of this exploratory, quantitative research study was to examine a sample of male child sexual offenders in order to describe the current profile of convicted offenders and to examine offenders relationships with and feelings regarding their victims. The empirical part of the study was conducted in a South African prison with a sample of 48 respondents. Data were collected using a survey questionnaire and face-to-face interviews. The most significant findings were that the majority of offenders were under the age of 20 years when they committed their crimes, with most offenders preferring girls between the ages of 13 and 18 years. A disturbing finding was that the majority of offenders expressed no remorse regarding their crimes.

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