Prevalence of and risk factors for male sexual abuse: The case of South Korea

In Young Han, Yong Woo Lee, Koo Yoo Seo, Jun Sung Hong

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This study examined the prevalence of and risk factors for sexual abuse of boys in South Korea by asking a national sample of 1,043 adult males whether they had experienced sexual abuse during childhood. The results indicate that 13.5% experienced at least one of the nine types of child sexual abuse assessed. In addition, the majority of the sexually abused did not seek professional help at the time. The risk factors for sexual abuse include children's involvement in delinquent behaviors, lower family economic status, and residence in small cities. Findings from this study indicate that sexual abuse of boys is a serious problem in Korea, one that calls for enhanced public understanding of the issue as well as effective services and policies designed to prevent or intervene in sexual abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-101
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Received 14 February 2010; accepted 3 April 2010. This work was supported by the faculty research fund of Konkuk University. Address correspondence to Yongwoo Lee, Department of Social Welfare, Konkuk University, 322 Danwol-dong, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do 380-701, Republic of Korea.


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