Indices of Victimization in Minor Victims of Sexual Violence and Abuse



The article presents the results of a comprehensive psychological and psychiatric examination of 117 minor victims of sexual violence and abuse. A qualitative and quantitative analysis of cases of sexual violence and abuse against minors was used, depending on the degree of the victims ' ability to understand the nature and significance of the illegal sexual acts committed with them and to resist them. The comparison criteria are identified: the type of violence and abuse, the age of the victim, the presence of a mental disorder in the victim, and the features of interaction in the "victim – assailant" dyad. 4 groups of victims are described, which differ in the degree of understanding of the criminal situation and the ability to resist, and indicators of victimization and victim behavior of children and adolescents are highlighted. The prospects for future research are outlined, which can improve the effectiveness of expert conclusions and preventive measures.

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Keywords: victimization, vulnerability, child victims of sexual abuse, sexual violence and abuse, victims of cult, psychological and psychiatric expertise

Journal rubric: Legal Psychology of Childhood

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Borisenko E.V., Dozortseva E.G., Badmaeva V.D., Chibisova I.A. Indices of Victimization in Minor Victims of Sexual Violence and Abuse [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2021. Vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 132–145. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2021110210. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena V. Borisenko, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Department of Scientific and Methodological Support, Federal Resource Center for Psychological Service in the Education System, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Psychology of Child and Adolescence, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena G. Dozortseva, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor, Department of Legal Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Researcher, Laboratory for Child and Adolescent Psychology, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation,Member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Psychology and Law” member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Psychological Science and Education”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Valentina D. Badmaeva, Doctor of Medicine, Head of the Department for Social and Forensic Psychiatric Problems of Minors, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina A. Chibisova, PhD in Medicine, Senior Research Associate, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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