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Greenberg, D., Bradford, J., Firestone, P., & Curry, S. (2000). Recidivism of child molesters: a study of victim relationship with the perpetrator. Child Abuse & Neglect, 24(11), 1485-1494.

The study sought to compare the rates of recidivism of child molesters who offend against relatives. There were 400 men studied and the researchers followed up on their activities for up to 15 years after their conviction. The study found that men who had offended against aquaintances were more likely to reoffend than those against children or step-children.