Young people's self-reported experiences of sexual exploitation and sexual violence: a view from Northern Ireland

Helen Beckett, Dirk Schubotz

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Abstract

The issue of young people’s experiences of sexual exploitation and sexual violence has received increasing political and media attention within recent years. However, whilst many studies have identified this to be an emerging issue of concern, the collation of prevalence data on the extent of these issues is still very much in its infancy. In this article we report on the findings of a large-scale project on the sexual exploitation of young people, undertaken in Northern Ireland from 2009 to 2011. The article primarily explores young people’s self-reported experiences of sexual violence and exploitation, collated from their responses to a module of questions placed in the 2010 Young Life and Times Survey. The quantitative dataset from the survey covers both prevalence of sexually exploitative experiences and young people’s reports about the type of individuals perpetrating these incidents. This dataset is illustrated and contextualised with reference to the qualitative findings from interviews with young people and professionals conducted as part of the wider sexual exploitation study. The article concludes with a consideration of the implications of the findings, with particular reference to the need for further preventative work in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-445
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Volume17
Issue number4
Early online date13 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • sexual violence
  • sexual exploitation
  • young people
  • Northern Ireland

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