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Contextos Clínicos

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CERQUEIRA-SANTOS, Elder; REZENDE, Nelma  and  CORREA, Priscilla. Adolescent victims of sexual exploitation: a multiple case study. Contextos Clínic [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.2, pp. 113-123. ISSN 1983-3482.

The sexual exploitation of children and adolescents is investigated here as a social issue with psychological consequences for the victims and their families. Sexual exploitation includes broad situations involving personal risk and high levels of vulnerability. This study aimed to investigate the life story of sexual exploitation victims and identify similarities and diff erences about risks and protective variables. It is a multiple case study with victims who did participate in psychological services. The participants were three adolescents from Northeast Brazil, victims of sexual exploitation. Results point to different aspects in the story of sexual exploitation, especially considering the type of abuse: sexual tourism and family exploitation. Moreover, victims expressed a difficult relationship with the care system and contradictory feelings about sexual exploitation, dependence and distress. Finally, it is discussed current care options, acceptance of victimization and the feelings of guilt that ofen make the care and planning of treatment especially difficult for victims of sexual exploitation.

Keywords : sexual exploitation; adolescence; sexuality.

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