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Male-On-Male Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean Region of Colombia: A Secondary Analysis of Medico-Legal Reports

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Department of Education, Universidad del Norte, Km.5 Vía Puerto Colombia, 080001 Barranquilla, Colombia
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Department of Psychology and Education, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Rambla del Poblenou, 156, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Education, Universidad de Almería, Carretera Sacramento, Calle San Urbano, s/n, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Computer Science, Universidad del Norte, Km.5 Vía Puerto Colombia, 080001 Barranquilla, Colombia
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Instituto Nacional De Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses (Regional Norte), Cra. 23 #5356, 080012 Barranquilla, Colombia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8248; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218248
Received: 8 October 2020 / Accepted: 21 October 2020 / Published: 8 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
Child and adolescent sexual abuse (CSA) is an important global health problem, especially in non-Western low- and middle-income countries. A number of studies have indicated that, in Latin American countries, male CSA is phenomenon of great concern. However, research on this topic is seriously lacking, and more specifically, on male-on-male CSA. We carried out a qualitative and quantitative secondary analysis of 680 cases of alleged male-on-male CSA that occurred between the years 2017 and 2018 in the Caribbean Region of Colombia. We analyzed the contents of forensic interviews with the alleged victims, conducted by professionals working at the Colombian Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. Our findings indicated a high prevalence of cases of alleged male-on-male CSA among young minors. Most of these cases were allegedly perpetrated by offenders known to the victim and involved high levels of violence. Evidence-based and culturally grounded preventative actions, such as training-based programs for teachers and parents among other public health initiatives are needed to address this type of CSA. Further research is also required to gain a more fine-grained understanding of the cultural and social context of CSA in the Caribbean Latin American countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: child sexual abuse; sexual assault; male victim; male-on-male; adolescents; children; Colombia child sexual abuse; sexual assault; male victim; male-on-male; adolescents; children; Colombia
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Escalante-Barrios, E.L.; Fàbregues, S.; Meneses, J.; García-Vita, M.d.M.; Jabba, D.; Ricardo-Barreto, C.; Pérez, S.P.F. Male-On-Male Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean Region of Colombia: A Secondary Analysis of Medico-Legal Reports. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8248. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218248

AMA Style

Escalante-Barrios EL, Fàbregues S, Meneses J, García-Vita MdM, Jabba D, Ricardo-Barreto C, Pérez SPF. Male-On-Male Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean Region of Colombia: A Secondary Analysis of Medico-Legal Reports. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8248. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218248

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Escalante-Barrios, Elsa L., Sergi Fàbregues, Julio Meneses, María d.M. García-Vita, Daladier Jabba, Carmen Ricardo-Barreto, and Sandra P.F. Pérez 2020. "Male-On-Male Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean Region of Colombia: A Secondary Analysis of Medico-Legal Reports" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 8248. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218248

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