This doctoral research extends from an MSc in Criminology and explores the issue of females who sexually abuse children in organisational contexts; how and why this occurs, the results and consequences (with regard to criminal justice, child protection and employment regulation systems) and the impacts on victims.
This specific type of abuse appears generally unrecognised and under-reported and the hope is that this research can raise awareness of the reality of female perpetrated child sexual abuse and educate those involved in employing women in positions of trust as well as other professionals, parents and carers to improve responses and outcomes for victims.
Darling, A. J., & Antonopoulos, G. A. (2013). ‘Notes on a Scandal’ Why do Females Engage in Abuse of Trust Behaviours?. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology 2: 525-537.