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March, 2017

Remove the offender from the victim’s home

Remove the Offender from the Victim’s Home Removing the offender instead of the victim from the home may be one of the most difficult policy changes because it conflicts with society’s presumption that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Only with sufficient evidence of abuse can an alleged offender be charged with a crime. […]

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The issue of ambivalence in child’s sexual abuse

The issue of ambivalence in child’s sexual abuse The difficulty with conceptualizing ambivalence in nonoffending guardians as a stance of nonsupport is that it neither takes into consideration normative nor traumatic responses to disclosure. Both are critical considerations. First, ambivalence may be a normative response to the disclosure of abuse by a nonoffending guardian’s loved […]

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Definition and criteria for guardian support about child sexual abuse

Definition and criteria for guardian support about child sexual abuse What are the criteria for adequate guardian support and who sets these criteria? There are probably two primary groups—child protective services and child sexual abuse researchers—that have contributed to establishing criteria for adequate guardian support. Child protective services’ interest in establishing criteria for guardian support […]

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Conservation of resources theory in sexual abuse

Conservation of resources theory in sexual abuse. A method of considering the response of nonoffending guardians after disclosure is as a response to an extreme stressor. This premise is borrowed from Hobfoll’s (1989, 1991) conservation of resources theory. The underlying tenet of the conservation of resources theory is that “individuals strive to obtain, retain, and […]

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Feminist conceptualization in sexual abuse

Feminist conceptualization in sexual abuse Several papers have reframed the response of nonoffending mothers to the disclosure of their child’s abuse using a feminist-oriented approach (Birns & Meyer, 1993; Cammaert, 1988; Hooper, 1989; McIntyre, 1981 ; Wattenberg, 1985). These and other writers presenting alternate views recognize that a power imbalance exists in families in which […]

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Effect of disclosure on the family in sexual abuse

Effect of disclosure on the family in sexual abuse This section continues the discussion. of the repercussions of the abuse, now concentrating on the deleterious consequences following abuse disclosure. In this section, however, studies are quantitative, and all focus on abuse by the father. The most widely known effect on the family, and perhaps what […]

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Child sexual abuse from the mother’s perspective

Child sexual abuse from the mother’s perspective The literature to this point has been quantitative and from the perspective of the professional attempting to define the experience of nonoffending guardians. This section now shifts the focus to nonoffending mothers as they relate their experiences of finding out about the abuse and reacting to it. A […]

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Mothers of victims of sexual abuse

Mothers of victims of sexual abuse Mothers of victims of sexual abuse, especially those of children abused by their fathers, have taken an historical beating in the clinical literature. Mothers were long assumed to contribute to the initiation of the abuse and to collude in ongoing incest by not reporting the abuse and by maintaining […]

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the paradigm for the prevention of child sexual abuse

the paradigm for the prevention of child sexual abuse Programs that target the male sex role and the reduction of offending behavior require a very different paradigm than the current prevention model of introducing occasional programs to children in which they are taught skills to deflect the approaches of offenders. Instead, a proposed paradigm that […]

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How to reduce the prevalence of child sexual abuse

How to reduce the prevalence of child sexual abuse? A far different approach to the prevention of child sexual abuse is needed. Current school-based programs target children by teaching them skills to deflect the approaches of potential offenders. Yet, the literature presented in this book suggests that the current methods of prevention simply do not work. […]

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