Sexual and physical revictimization among victims of severe childhood sexual abuse

Jaclyn E. Barnes, Jennie G. Noll, Frank W. Putnam, Penelope K. Trickett

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Objective: This 15-year prospective, longitudinal study examines adolescent and young-adult female self-reports of traumatic sexual and physical experiences occurring subsequent to substantiated childhood sexual abuse-revictimizations (N = 89). Method: These incidences were contrasted to sexual and physical victimizations reported by a group of non-abused comparison females (N = 90). Results: Abused females were almost twice as likely to have experienced sexual revictimization (odds = 1.99 ± 2.79, p < .05), and physical revictimization (odds = 1.96 ± 2.58, p < .05) as compared to victimization rates reported by comparison females. Abused females' revictimizations were also more likely to have been perpetrated by older, non-peers and characterized by physical injury than were victimizations reported by comparison females. Conclusion: Early childhood sexual abuse may provide information regarding the level of risk for recurrent sexual and physical victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-420
Number of pages9
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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