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What Child Sexual Abuse Means

to Women and Girl Perpetrators

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 Jane Gilgun

See other articles & books on Smashwords by Jane Gilgun

who is a professor, School of Social Work, University

of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

Women and girls sexually abuse children far more often than many people realize. This article describes what child sexual abuse means to women and girl perpetrators. Thrills, love, and comfort are common, but most common are women forced into sexual abuse by male partners who already were sexually abusing the children.

Sexual abuse by women and girls can be confusing for girls and boys. They often feel stigmatized because of wide spread-assumptions that only men sexually abuse children.

Women and girls who abuse children sexually report experiences that are similar to those of men, such as thrills, love, and comfort, but some give disorganized and confusing accounts of what the child sexual abuse means to them. Furthermore, a large percentage of women report that their sexually abusive husbands or partners forced them into sexual acts with children.

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