What is it about?
The study looks at the way people in Puerto Rico perceive child sexual abuse. The 525 participants were given a hypothetical case of ongoing sexual conduct between a teacher and a minor student to review. They were asked to answer questions about general perceptions as well as the level of harm and responsibility of the victim and offender.
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Why is it important?
There are few studies about perceptions of child sexual abuse and related topics in Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans are rarely included in scientific studies. The findings of this study are different than similar studies conducted in other countries. The results demonstrate many of the participants identified the teacher as a victim, indicated the minor's parents should direct some of their anger to their child, and did not think the minor would have long-term negative consequences due to the experience of abuse. Understanding people's perceptions about this crime are key to developing culturally adequate prevention strategies because prevention can only be possible if the community works together. Puerto Rico has many challenges related to sexual education and victim-blaming that may hinder reporting of this type of abuse.
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This page is a summary of: Gender and victim stereotypes in perceptions of child sexual abuse in Puerto Rico, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, April 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/jip.1590.
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