Perceptions of victims of historical sexual offences

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    Abstract

    The current trend for reporting historical offences appears to be a global phenomenon which has attracted high media attention as well as criminal justice resources. This article critically analyses this phenomenon from the perspective of victims who reported such incidents to a police service in the United Kingdom. It explores reasons why individuals did not report historical sexual offences at the time they were committed and considers the reasons why they subsequently reported them. The results indicate a variety of reasons for reporting such incidents including those of nonbelief from official agencies and the fact that the individual was too embarrassed. The complexity of decision making for the individual victim in reporting such incidents is thus highlighted. This provides some understanding and evidence for police, their partners and strategic policy makers to ensure provision is made for encouraging and accommodating such victims of this type of crime.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-20
    JournalSalus Journal — A Journal of Law Enforcement, National Security, and Emergency Management
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 May 2018

    Keywords

    • victims of crime
    • historical reporting
    • sexual offences
    • sexual abuse

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