Research on sexual violence has been a growing area of academic study since the 1970s. However, the focus of these efforts has centred on younger women, leaving older women largely ignored in research. This book presents data from the first UK study to examine the extent, nature and impacts of sexual violence against people aged 60 and over. Drawing on both quantitative analysis of reported cases of sexual violence against people over 60 and qualitative interviews with practitioners in sexual violence and age-related organisations as well as survivors of sexual violence, this book situates the research findings in the context of feminist criminology and gerontology, and sets an agenda for future research, policy and practice. Sexual Violence against Older People is vital reading for practitioners and policymakers, and those engaged in studies of criminology, health and nursing, social work, elder abuse and violence against women.
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Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; The ageing population and risk of violence; Invisible older victims: research and UK policy context; 'Real rape' and older women; Researching sexual violence against older people: a feminist gerontology framing; Book structure and chapter overview; 2 Mapping the existing knowledge about sexual violence against older people; Extent and nature of sexual violence against older people; Elder abuse; Domestic violence; Sexual violence Nature and characteristics of victimisationRisk factors for sexual violence in later life; Impacts, support needs and barriers to disclosing sexual violence; Impacts of sexual violence on older women; Support needs; Barriers to disclosing sexual violence and accessing support; Perpetrator characteristics and motivations; Conclusion; 3 The extent and nature of serious sexual violence against older people in the UK; Method; The extent, nature and characteristics of recorded cases; Victim and perpetrator gender; Perpetrator and victim age groups; Victim and perpetrator relationship Victim and perpetrator ethnicityLocation of sexual offences; Serial sex offenders; Links between the rape and another recorded offence; Conclusion; 4 The impacts, support needs and gaps in service provision for older survivors: views of practitioners; Interviews with practitioners; Participant demographics (sexual violence practitioners); Practitioners had limited experience of supporting older survivors; Impacts of sexual violence on older survivors; There were overlapping challenges in terms of accessing support and providing support; Physical challenges; Psychological challenges Societal challengesLife experiences can mean some older survivors have high levels of resilience; Challenges with the criminal justice system; Overcoming these challenges; A number of gaps in current service provision were identified; Views of age-related practitioners; Conclusion; 5 Experiences of sexual violence as an older woman: case studies of survivors; Interviewing survivors; Winnie; Jennifer; Mary; Conclusion; 6 Conclusions; The extent and nature of sexual violence against older people in the UK; Practitioners' experiences of supporting older survivors The experiences of older survivorsA continuum of violence across the life course; Minimisation of their experiences; 'Real rape' myths underpin how women made sense of their experiences; Physical and emotional impacts; Experiences and range of support services; Support from friends and family; Experiences of the criminal justice system; Age-relatedissues; Developing a feminist analysis of violence against older women; Concluding thoughts; References; Index
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