The myth of innocence: Sexual scripts and the recognition of child sexual abuse by female perpetrators

  title={The myth of innocence: Sexual scripts and the recognition of child sexual abuse by female perpetrators},
  author={Myriam Denov},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={303 - 314}
  • M. Denov
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Sex Research
Although child sexual abuse has been studied extensively, minimal attention has been paid to sexual abuse by females. This paper explores the prevalence of female sex offending and reveals the paradoxes that exist within the available data. Moreover, it highlights the role of traditional sexual scripts in impeding the official recognition of the problem. Traditional sexual scripts, particularly the perception of females as sexually passive, harmless, and innocent, appear not only to have… 

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