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Decision to screen In and investigate in child sexual abuse

Decision to screen In and investigate in child sexual abuse When a report is made to child protective services, the report is either screened in or out, but only those cases that are screened in are investigated. Child protective services cannot screen in and investigate all reported cases—nor should they. What is important to consider, […]

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Attributions made by professionals in child sexual abuse

Attributions made by professionals in child sexual abuse The first area that is consideredis how professionals attribute blame and responsibility in incidents of child sexual abuse. Judgments that professionals make about who is to blame for the abuse are important to consider because they establish a framework within which to understand decisions about interventions made […]

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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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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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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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Offender of child sexual abuse and victim age disparity

Offender of child sexual abuse and victim age disparity The models and typologies presented in the previous section apply mostly to abuse in which offenders seek out much younger victims. These offenders probably experience sociocultural taboos about adult sex with children as inhibitors. This interpretation was forwarded by Finkelhor (1984), who argued that pedophiles had […]

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Models and typologies of identified offenders of child sexual abuse

Models and typologies of identified offenders of child sexual abuse Even though there are important differences between identified and unidentified offenders, studies on identified offenders remain useful. One of the most important sets of literature on identified offenders is that which allows us to understand why they abuse, and especially to understand why certain individuals […]

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Unidentified offenders of child sexual abuse

Unidentified offenders of child sexual abuse The previous analysis suggested that the vast majority of offenders do not come to the attention of authorities. Thus, it is critical to understand how identified offenders compare to the much larger population of unidentified offenders. The purpose of this section is to present the minimal information available on […]

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