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effective future response to child sexual abuse

effective future response to child sexual abuse All recommendations in the previous section related to changes that could be made within the child protection system. On the other hand, it is generally acknowledged that an effective response to child sexual abuse will require major structural change. As noted earlier, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child […]

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Cultural sensitivity in child sexual abuse

Cultural sensitivity in child sexual abuse This decision was made because child sexual abuse is primarily a gendered problem that crosses all races and ethnicities, as well as all socioeconomic strata. On the other hand, once victims become known to the system, they are subject to institutionalized biases that exist. That professionals react to hypothetical […]

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Education and training for professionals in child sexual abuse

Education and training for professionals in child sexual abuse Another area for consideration is the education and training for professionals working in the area of child sexual abuse, including child protective services workers. While licensing and continuing education have already been implemented in many areas, some consideration needs to be given to the minimum requirements […]

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Decision-making process within child protective services

Decision-making process within child protective services: A corollary concern is how child protective services makes decisions. While certain studies suggest that child protective services workers maintain beliefs that are not empirically supported (Downing et al., 1990; Ryan et al., 1991), we have no information concerning why child protective services workers maintain these beliefs and how […]

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Nonoffending guardians in child sexual abuse

Nonoffending guardians in child sexual abuse Studies have traditionally defined expectations for nonoffending guardians as those placed on them by the system, regardless of whether they were realistic, and then determined whether nonoffending guardians could meet those expectations. As such, quantitative studies on normative responses to abuse disclosure for nonoffending guardians are sorely needed. Funding […]

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Factors contributing to the risk of abuse or risk to offend

Factors contributing to the risk of abuse or risk to offend: This type of research should move beyond a focus on factors within the family related to greater risk of abuse, and instead focus on sociocultural factors related to risk. Studies can be at both the macro and micro level. Macro-level studies can assess factors […]

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Scope of the problem of child sexual abuse

Scope of the problem of child sexual abuse In 1997, the General Accounting Office (GAO) concluded that “focuses on such topics as the causes and effects of child sexual abuse” are mostly irrelevant to “most local agencies’ attempts to reform their services” (“GAO Calls For,” p. 132). Instead, this book has demonstrated conclusively that this […]

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Identification and treatment of juvenile offenders

Identification and treatment of juvenile offenders “Extrafamilial Abuse,” it was shown that approximately 25% of all extrafamilial abuse is committed by young offenders whose abuse represents the extremes of socialization standards. These young men appeared to abuse for sport, as a means of conquest, and through a sense of entitlement. Because of their youth, the […]

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How to prevent child sexual abuse?

How to prevent child sexual abuse? To adequately prevent child sexual abuse requires that we target the offending behavior. To do so, we need to design and fund programs that test innovative prevention approaches. While the causal research to fully understand risk factors for offending has not yet been done, enough research is available to […]

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Identification and control of the offender in child sexual abuse

Identification and control of the offender in child sexual abuse If children are allowed to remain in their homes with their nonoffending guardians, then the manner in which offenders are handled by the system must also change. The most important change is that offenders need to be removed from the child’s environment or, if allowed […]

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