A comparison of sexual assault cases with child and adult victims

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Researchers have suggested that sexual assault cases involving children are treated differently than cases involving adults; they have suggested that cases with child victims are more likely to be dismissed and are less likely to result in conviction or incarceration of the offender. The present study used data from Detroit Recorder's Court to compare the outcome of sexual assault cases involving children and adults. The results indicated that cases with child victims differed in important ways from cases with adult victims, and that these differences affected case outcomes. Cases with child victims were less likely than cases with adult victims to be aggravated sexual assaults. When these differences were taken into account, offenders convicted of assaulting children faced a higher risk of incarceration than did offenders convicted of assaulting adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-78
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Volume3
Issue number4
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StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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A comparison of sexual assault cases with child and adult victims. / Spohn, Cassia.

In: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1994, p. 59-78.

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