Modus operandi of persons convicted of a sexual offense from victims' perspectives in a Turkish sample
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CitationGonultas (Gönültaş), B. M., Zeyrek-Rios, E. Y., & Lester, D. (2021). Modus operandi of persons convicted of a sexual offense from victims’ perspectives in a Turkish sample. In European Journal of Criminology (p. 147737082110404). SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177/14773708211040446
Child sexual abuse is typically studied using reports from the offender and in Western countries. The aim of the present study was to investigate pre- and post-abuse strategies of persons convicted of a sexual offense to children in Turkey using the statements made by the child victims and to frame the results using rational choice theory. A qualitative study was made for the themes in the police statements from 46 children who were victims of child sexual abuse. The content analysis revealed that persons convicted of a sexual offense to children differ in terms of their methods to approach children and in their pre- and post-abuse behaviors depending on their relationship with the victim. A total of 85 percent of the offenses were extra-familial and 15 percent within the family. Only 21 percent of the extra-familial offenses were opportunist; most involved bribes and introductions through friends or intermediaries. Two tactics unique to Turkey were promises of marriage and the use of children as intermediaries. The use of force and blackmail was more common in the intra-familial offenses. The results of the qualitative analysis were, on the whole, consistent with results from persons convicted of a sexual offense to children’s statements, but some of the tactics used by offenders in Turkey were unique to Turkish culture.
SourceEuropean Journal of Criminology