Award Date

5-1-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Margaret Alexis Kennedy

Second Committee Member

Emily Troshynski

Third Committee Member

Melissa Rorie

Fourth Committee Member

Liam Frink

Number of Pages

76

Abstract

The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a phenomenon that greatly impacts the victimization of children. The sexual victimization of children is harmful to children and prior research has found various risk factors related to exploitation. The main risk factors observed in the current paper include prior sexual abuse and/or assault, adverse childhood experiences, foster care failures, race/ethnicity, and running away. The current study used secondary data that collected data from non-foster and foster-involved exploited children to observe how foster care involvement and race/ethnicity affect victimization within the juvenile justice system. Findings confirmed that race/ethnicity and foster care involvement greatly influenced outcomes in the juvenile justice system. Additional findings and limitations are discussed.

Keywords

Commercial sexual exploitation of children; Foster care; Race and ethnicity; Risk factors; Sexual victimization

Disciplines

Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice

File Format

pdf

File Size

532 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

Rights

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