Puberty Knowledge and Communication among Adolescent Sexual Offenders in Indonesia: A Qualitative Study
Keywords:knowledge, puberty, communication, adolescent, sex offenders.
Introduction: Rape against women, as one of sexual assaults form, which has been became a serius issue
throughout the world in social and public health. It is a gross violation on the women’s human rights, which
is can not be accepted from any perspectives. In the latest cases, the perpetrators of rape are conducted by
adolescent or minor.
Purpose: This article presents the study how the young sexual offenders’ knowledge on puberty and their
Method: This research was qualitative toward 30 sexual perpetrators, all informants are being undergone
sentences in Correctional Institutions of Bengkulu province, Indonesia. The informants were all child
convicts, (aged less than 18 years) at four correctional institution in Bengkulu province.
Results of the study: The perpetrators of sexual assault were middle adolescents who were in-between 16
to 18 years. Based on the results of analysis were found that there were ineffective sexual communication
patterns among perpetrators, both informants communication parents, friends, teachers and couples.
Moreover, this study found inadequate puberty knowledge among sexual offenders.
Research limitations: This article only describes sexual communication and knowledge on puberty, while
other individual factors and social aspects are not discussed at all in this article.
Originality: Based on the various results of previous studies, there are no researches have been found that
specifically examines the behavior of sexual violence by minors in Bengkulu province.
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