Brief report: the sexual and physical abuse histories of offenders with intellectual disability

William R. Lindsay, Lesley Steptoe, Fabian Haut

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Background: Some studies have found higher rates of childhood sexual abuse in sex offenders while others have failed to find such relationships. Method: This study reviews the sexual and physical abuse histories of 156 male sex offenders with intellectual disability (ID), 126 non-sexual male offenders with ID and 27 female offenders with ID. Results: Sexual offenders reported a higher rate of sexual abuse in childhood than non-sexual male offenders (32.6% vs. 17.8%), while the opposite was true for non-accidental injury (16.0% vs. 32.5%). Female offenders reported the highest rates of sexual abuse in childhood (59.3%). Conclusions: Some specificity of childhood abuse was evident in the male cohorts suggesting limited evidence of a developmental pathway to offending, while the women were a group highly vulnerable to all forms of abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326–331
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume56
Issue number3
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StatePublished - Mar 2012

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Lindsay, William R.; Steptoe, Lesley; Haut, Fabian / Brief report: the sexual and physical abuse histories of offenders with intellectual disability.

In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Vol. 56, No. 3, 03.2012, p. 326–331.

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In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Vol. 56, No. 3, 03.2012, p. 326–331.

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