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Child Sexual Abuse Perpetrators

What Forensic Nurses Need to Know

Hornor, Gail RNC, DNP, CPNP, AFN-BC1; Zeno, Rosie RNC, DNP, CPNP2

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000222
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ABSTRACT Child sexual abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions resulting in lifelong physical and mental health consequences for victims. Most child sexual abuse victims never disclose and do not receive needed treatment. Clearly, pediatric healthcare providers must understand the dynamics of child sexual abuse to better identify and protect potential victims. Forensic nurses are at the forefront of caring for victims of sexual abuse and are strong voices in the education of parents, community members, and other healthcare professionals regarding sexual abuse. Forensic nurses with a deeper understanding of child sexual abuse perpetrators will be better able to educate the public and advocate for children at risk for sexual abuse. In this article, specific types of child sexual abuse perpetration will be explored, and implications for forensic nursing will be discussed.

Author Affiliations:1Center for Family Safety and Healing, Nationwide Children's Hospital; and

2The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Correspondence: Gail Hornor, RNC, DNP, CPNP, AFN-BC, Center for Family Safety and Healing, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 655 East Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205. E-mail:

Received May 25, 2018; accepted for publication October 2, 2018.

© 2018 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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