Gallagher, Bernard, Bradford, Michael and Pease, Ken (2002) The sexual abuse of children by strangers: its extent, nature and victim characteristics. Children and Society, 16 (5). pp. 346-359. ISSN 0951-0605

This paper reports a school-based questionnaire survey conducted among 2420 children aged nine to 16 years. It examines the extent of stranger abuse, its nature and the characteristics of victims. The research contains complex messages in terms of the seriousness of stranger abuse and identifies a number of challenges to understanding this phenomenon. It highlights the need for much more sophistication in debates over, and policy and practice responses to, stranger abuse.

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