• Marina M. Kovačević Lepojević Institute for educational research Belgrade
  • Nikoleta M. Gutvajn Institute for educational research Belgrade


child sexual abuse, treatment, situational control, educational setting, Serbia


Most of the treatment of sexual offenders is based on a cognitive behavioral therapy (within RNR approach) aimed to detect cognitive distorzions, bad emotions and cognitive and behavioral change. Empirical evidence suggests that effect size is very much related to offender characteristics. There can be found different kind of perpetrators (e.g. online or contact perpetrators; situational, opportunistic, predatory types). The aim of this paper is reviewing most popular treatment programs in related to research evidences, discussing sexual abuse typologies and to present comprehensive model of situational control of child sexual abuse at the educational setting.

Situational approach is presented as additional model of society protection which is at the same time victim/perpetrator/context-based intervention. Some situational prevention techniques in educational setting involving the increasing efforts are: target hardening (e.g., support of the vulnerable groups of children), access control (e.g., predicting the rules and procedures for kindergartens/school/campus visitors), deflecting potential perpetrators (e. g. recommending school teachers not to communicate with students by their private e-mails or phone numbers). Formal surveillance (e.g. video surveillance) should increase the risk. Controlling prompts means identifying and removing situational triggers (e.g. programs with offenders). Reducing permissibility provides techniques that clarify responsibility, personalize victims, setting rule and clarify consequences (e.g. public education campaign, alcohol reduction measures).


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