Re: sex based studies on violence...

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 13:38:22 MST

Doug Jones wrote,
>Can you clarify what form of child abuse these stats relate to, physical or
>sexual? I suspect that there is a large gender difference in the
>perpetrators, with the majority of child sexual abuse being at the hands of

These stats refer to all abuse. Of course, identical forms of abuse may get
recorded as "sexual" abuse when a man does it, and "physical" abuse when a
female does it. Furthermore, the general public tends to perceive abuse by men
as more serious than identical abuse by females, which may partly explain why
females comprise only 3% of those in prison for this crime, despite the fact
that females commit twice as much child abuse as do men.

--J. R. Molloy

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