n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Child sexual abuse myth acceptance : a comparative analysis of child sexual offenders, rapists, non-sexual offenders and citizens

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



It is generally acknowledged that distorted offender cognitions play an important role in child sexual offending behaviour (Abel, Becker & Cunningham-Rathner 1984; Allam, Middleton & Browne 1997; Blumenthal, Gudjonsson & Burns 1999; Hanson, Gizzarelli & Scott 1994; Stermac & Segal 1989). Although the precise role played by offender cognitions in the abuse process-aetiological, epiphenomenal, and/or post hoc rationalisations remains an open question (Blumenthal et al 1999; Stermac & Segal 1989), outcome research indicates that attempts to modify offender cognitions constitute the primary focus of contemporary preventive therapy (Marshall 1994; Pithers 1994; Valliant & Antonowicz 1992).

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