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Tracy Mallett


This study explored differences between female adolescents who experienced sexual abuse as children and those who experienced other forms of trauma or abuse. There is no previous research assessing the differences between these two groups. Some female adolescent victims of sexual abuse are sexually revictimized, sex trafficked, and exhibit delinquent behaviors. If differences are determined, a more tailored and appropriate intervention could be introduced to reduce these youths' revictimization and minimize adult sexual risk. This study was quantitative in nature and assessed the clinical profiles of 27 female adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system for being sex trafficked or being a victim of sexual revictimization. Using their Rorschach profile results, the individual responses, cognitive mediation, ideation, and their interpersonal perception and belief were examined. A significant difference was determined between the groups in two areas, but not in the manner expected. This difference could provide information to help decrease the number of teens who become involved with the juvenile justice system, become pregnant at an early age, and reduce the number of females who continue to recidivate into adulthood. Findings may be lead to social change by helping to determine a more effective treatment for childhood sexual abuse victims, therefore reducing the risk of revictimization of the population. It could also minimize the risk of them becoming involved with the criminal justice system and reduce the impact on mental health.