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Child Abuse Negl. 2009 Jul;33(7):412-20. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.09.013. Epub 2009 Jul 10.

Sexual and physical revictimization among victims of severe childhood sexual abuse.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This 15-year prospective, longitudinal study examines adolescent and young-adult female self-reports of traumatic sexual and physical experiences occurring subsequent to substantiated childhood sexual abuse-revictimizations (N=89).

METHOD:

These incidences were contrasted to sexual and physical victimizations reported by a group of non-abused comparison females (N=90).

RESULTS:

Abused females were almost twice as likely to have experienced sexual revictimization (odds=1.99+/-2.79, p<.05), and physical revictimization (odds=1.96+/-2.58, p<.05) as compared to victimization rates reported by comparison females. Abused females' revictimizations were also more likely to have been perpetrated by older, non-peers and characterized by physical injury than were victimizations reported by comparison females.

CONCLUSION:

Early childhood sexual abuse may provide information regarding the level of risk for recurrent sexual and physical victimization.

PMID:
19596434
PMCID:
PMC2723796
DOI:
10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.09.013
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