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VEGA, Luciana Barbosa da Silva  and  PALUDO, Simone dos Santos. Sexual Exploitation and Safety Network from the Victim's Perspective. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.67, n.2, pp.47-60. ISSN 1809-5267.

The purpose of this study was to understand the perception of the victim of sexual exploitation on the violation itself and her knowledge, access and evaluation of the existing safety network. The participants were five girls aged 11 to 17, all victims of sexual exploitation. We conducted semi-structured interviews with the participants and we performed qualitative analysis on the data. Among the main results, we observed that the victims do not realize their condition of violation, a fact that favors the preservation and perpetuity of exploitation. The safety network is unknown to the victims: even though they had attended different services, they did not recognize their roles. The study showed that sexual exploitation of children and adolescents is a silent and hidden reality that challenges the services that form the safety network, thus, requiring a reflection on how they act and articulate when confronting this violence.

Keywords : Sexual Exploitation; Adolescent; Safety Network.

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