Child sexual abuse is complex and can affect survivors in different ways in different areas over the years: trust, safety, power, physical health, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and social relationships. This paper will consider the practices of rape crisis centers and coalitions as they act, engage, and remember with adult survivors of child sexual abuse with strategies in crisis intervention, counseling, holistic healing, and advocacy for adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
The NISVS 2010 summary report provides data from a national study conducted to assess the impact of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. It discusses the scope of these forms of violence; immediate impacts of victimization; and the lifelong heath consequences experienced by victims of these forms of violence. This information may help to inform policies on prevention and response efforts in the field. Other resources related to this report include a Fact Sheet and a Toolkit.
This review evaluates how parenting programs succeed at: 1) eliminating child abuse as manifest in official reports and in-person assessments; 2) altering parenting behaviors or attitudes associated with abuse; 3) enhancing parent-child relationships and positive parenting skills as buffers against abuse.
A publication from Aequitas offers strategies for prosecuting child sexual abuse by a family member. The challenging dynamics involved in these cases can lead to misunderstandings about the child's behavior or how dangerous the perpetrator really is. Some of the recommendations include developing an understanding of grooming techniques and using forensic interviewing.
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