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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Sexual Aggression

For a Special Issue on
Sibling Sexual Abuse

Manuscript deadline
16 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Stephanie Kewley, Reader in Forensic Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University
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Dr Sarah Pemberton, Associate Professor in Criminology, at Birmingham City University
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Sibling Sexual Abuse

The Journal of Sexual Aggression is seeking submissions for an upcoming special issue on sibling sexual abuse, which will be co-edited by Stephanie Kewley, PhD and Sarah Pemberton, PhD.

Sibling Sexual Abuse is a hidden phenomenon. Despite it being the most common form of intrafamilial child sexual abuse, with rates estimated to be at least three times more common than sexual abuse carried out by a parent; it remains an under researched area.

Sibling Sexual Abuse is multidimensional; influencing factors include complex power dynamics between siblings, gender, and cultural differences, as well as environmental circumstances. The impact and consequences of Sibling Sexual Abuse are also far reaching as abuse tends to be carried out over long periods of time, and disclosure attempts made by the child being harmed are often dismissed or ignored. Likewise, the child causing harm, is as likely to have experienced abuse and trauma themselves. Thus, sensitive, and effective whole family responses to Sibling Sexual Abuse are crucial.

We are seeking submissions that explores the phenomenon of Sibling Sexual Abuse. We welcome submissions (list is not exhaustive) examining any of following areas:

  • Experiences of those impacted by Sibling Sexual Abuse
  • The nature and scale of Sibling Sexual Abuse
  • Influencing factors such as gender, culture, and environment
  • Experiences of practitioners responding to Sibling Sexual Abuse (including health, criminal justice, education, social care, third sector etc.)
  • Prevention
  • Responding to and managing disclosure
  • Whole family approaches
  • Assessment and safety planning
  • Interventions (individual or family)
  • Research methods and ethical challenges
  • Policy

Submission Instructions

We welcome submissions including original empirical research, theoretical papers, reviews, and policy and practice papers.

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