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University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach


This research explores whether commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) abuse drugs or face greater histories of abuse than their delinquent peers. This research will evaluate whether girls who are CSEC victims experience more abuse of drugs or experience more physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. The study also explores whether CSEC victims witnessed more abuse than non-CSEC victims. A survey of needs and issues facing delinquent girls was given to 130 girls between the ages of 13 to 18. Questions asked about their drug use, abuse history, and whether they witnessed abuse. This research found that many girls who are CSEC victims experience and witnessed more abuse than non-CSEC victims. The results also showed that CSEC victims and non-CSEC delinquent peers showed no significant difference in drug use.


Abused children; Child abuse; Child sexual abuse; Children of abused wives; Drug abuse; Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile delinquency; Sexually abused children


Community-Based Research | Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Juvenile Law | Legal Studies | Substance Abuse and Addiction