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Pensando familias

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DOMINGUES, Daniela Fontoura  and  COSTA, Liana Fortunato. Adolescents who have committed sexual offense: documentary analysis in legal proceedings. Pensando fam. [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.2, pp. 15-27. ISSN 1679-494X.

The sexual offense/abuse committed by adolescents is a multidetermined and heterogeneous phenomenon. To understand the episodes, it is important to know the similarities and differences between subgroups of offenders. This study seeks to describe characteristics of adolescents who committed sexual offense, their victims and the context in which the events occurred in order to list the common features and choose subjects for intervention. Data collection was conducted through document analysis of 15 lawsuits relating to the practice of sexual offense committed by adolescents in a region of Brazil. The analysis was based on a protocol. The findings reveal that the offenses occurred in intra, extra-familial and institutional contexts. The victims were mostly female. Sexual assaults against children were committed by adolescents known to the victims, unlike those perpetrated against individuals who were 18 years or older. The study reveals the need for individualized interventions and preventive measures.

Keywords : Sexual offense; Adolescent; Intervention.

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