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Revista de psicología (Santiago)

versión impresa ISSN 0716-8039versión On-line ISSN 0719-0581


BRAVIN SETUBAL, Cassio et al. “It Can’t Be Abuse... I Am the Mother!”: Maternal Sexual Offense. Rev. psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.28, n.1, pp.92-103. ISSN 0716-8039.

This paper presents the life history of a mother sex offender who has committed sexual abuse against her two daughters. The phenomenon of sexual abuse committed by a mother is shown without systematized knowledge in Brazil. This text intends to begin the debate on this issue in the country offering greater visibility to the understanding of this phenomenon and explaining the dynamic of sexual violence. It is a qualitative research, an instrumental case study of documentary, carried out in a public health care institution. The data collected are related to the information contained in the health record of the person who committed sexual violence: general and socioeconomic data, family, violence committed, victims, life history. The results were grouped into axes, corroborating literature: victimization of the offender in her childhood and adolescence; sexual victimization of her daughters; quality of affective bonds; interaction violence; drug/alcohol use, and domestic violence. These axes are in accordance to international studies, identifying the victimization and the suffering of the woman who committed sexual violence, and prioritizing case study. It is necessary that the professionals have specific qualification in order to identify the occurrence of sexual committed by women and by mothers, since there are many myths and prejudices that pre-vents the identification of the occurrence of such violence.

Palabras clave : female sexual offender; child sexual abuse; child maltreatment.

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