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Child sexual abuse material in child-centred institutions: situational crime prevention approaches


Krone, T and Spiranovic, C and Prichard, J and Watters, P and Wortley, R and Gelb, K and Hunn, C, Child sexual abuse material in child-centred institutions: situational crime prevention approaches, Journal of Sexual Aggression, 26, (1) pp. 91-110. ISSN 1355-2600 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13552600.2019.1705925


This paper focuses on the potential for child-centred institutions to use situational crime prevention (SCP) strategies to prevent or reduce child sexual abuse material (CSAM) offending as a distinct form of child sexual abuse (CSA). We discuss the failure of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia to address the potential for CSAM offending to occur in child-centred institutions. Our premise is that CSAM offending is markedly shaped by the situation in which it occurs, rather than by any pre-existing preparedness to offend sexually against children. In this context, SCP for CSAM offending must be considered as part of overall strategies to combat CSA in institutional settings. However, we acknowledge that effective implementation of SCP in this area is not straightforward. We consider some of the challenges in implementing SCP at an institutional level.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:child sexual abuse material, institutional settings, situational crime prevention, responsibilities, obligations
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Crime policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Crime prevention
UTAS Author:Spiranovic, C (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard)
UTAS Author:Hunn, C (Ms Charlotte Hunn)
ID Code:138854
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-05-04
Last Modified:2021-04-28

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