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Sexual Offences

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effects of incidence of sexual violence or abuse committed against offenders whether as adults or as children in the context of repeat offending or crimes of violence. (126300)

The Home Office has not commissioned or evaluated research into the effects of incidence of sexual violence or abuse committed against offenders whether as adults or children in the context of repeat offending or crimes of violence.

Links between the experience of sexual abuse and subsequent offending behaviour, i.e. the victim-offender cycle, are complex and a history of sexual abuse is generally associated with a range of adverse childhood experiences which are difficult to disentangle (Falshaw, 2005; Grubin, 1998 Falshaw, L. 2005).

The link between a history of maltreatment and subsequent offending behaviour: Probation Journal, 52(4), 423-434. Grubin, D. (1998). Sex offending against children: Understanding the risk. Police Research Series. Paper 99. London: Home Office.