The Characteristics of Child Sexual Abuse in the School Environment in Turkey

Koçtürk N., Yuksel F.

JOURNAL OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, vol.27, no.7, pp.852-869, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10538712.2018.1501787
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.852-869
  • Keywords: Childhood sexual abuse, teacher sexual misconduct, educator sexual abuse, school persons, individual and familial factors, SECONDARY-SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, VICTIMIZATION, MISCONDUCT, HARASSMENT, ASSOCIATIONS, EXPLORATION
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


School may represent a protective factor, boosting the mental health of the student body, while also representing a risk factor that heightens the potential for mental health problems. The present study aims to identify the individual and familial characteristics associated with the incidents of child sexual abuse (CSA) in Turkey's school environment. The incidents involving school-related CSA constituted 5.6% (N=125) of 2,238 cases. The following was discovered: an adult committed the majority (64%) of CSA in the school environment; most adult perpetrators were teachers (62.5%). This study determined that the perpetrators manipulated the victims via methods that included physical abuse (11.2%), threats (19.2%), tricks/deception (15.2%), and taking photographs/videos with sexual content (3.2%); and CSA incidents involved intercourse (15.2%); and almost three-quarter of the victims of CSA in the school environment reported the incident late. This study indicates that peer perpetrators abuse younger victims and a greater proportion of male victims relative to adult perpetrators. In light of these findings, school security must be improved, especially in public schools, and trainings aimed at preventing bullying and sexual abuse (SA) should be given to all school staff, students, and parents.