The Sexual Abuse of Children by Strangers: Its Extent, Nature and Victims’ Characteristics

Bernard Gallagher, Michael Bradford, Ken Pease

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This paper reports a school-based questionnaire survey conducted among 2420 children aged nine to 16 years. It examines the extent of stranger abuse, its nature and the characteristics of victims. The research contains complex messages in terms of the ‘seriousness’ of stranger abuse and identifies a number of challenges to understanding this phenomenon. It highlights the need for much more sophistication in debates over, and policy and practice responses to, stranger abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-359
Number of pages14
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number5
Early online date20 Aug 2002
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002


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