The Sexual Abuse of Children: Clinical Issues - Vol. 2

The Sexual Abuse of Children: Clinical Issues - Vol. 2

The Sexual Abuse of Children: Clinical Issues - Vol. 2

The Sexual Abuse of Children: Clinical Issues - Vol. 2

Synopsis

The sexual abuse of children is now seen as an enormous problem; first, because there is an increasing awareness that it is more prevalent than previously thought, and second, because it gives rise to so many complex questions. How is sexual abuse to be defined? What are the effects of abuse? How can the victim be helped? How can abuse be prevented? These two comprehensive volumes cover a wide spectrum of basic and applied issues. Expert contributors -- including physicians, attorneys, psychologists, philosophers, social workers, and engineers -- address such relevant topics as epidemiology, animal models, legal reforms, feminist scholarship, child pornography, medical assessment, and diverse models of psychotherapeutic intention.

Excerpt

In the last few decades, there has been a dramatic increase in public attention and professional activity in the area of child sexual abuse. It is difficult to tell whether this heightened awareness has been caused by an increased incidence of abuse, by an increased sensitivity to the plight of these children, or by a combination of these and other factors. However, what is clear is that children are victimized and suffer, and that various professionals have been engaged in attempts to alleviate and prevent the myriad of problems associated with child sexual abuse. These two volumes were conceived as an attempt to aid these efforts by providing a scholarly, multidisciplinary compendium of the major issues involved in child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is a complex problem that gives rise to other complex problems. This, to a large degree, explains the length of these two volumes. What is child sexual abuse? What is its moral status? What is its history? What happens in other cultures? What is its epidemiology? What causes it? What therapy is effective for the children and for the offenders? These are just some of the major questions addressed in these volumes. We believe that the efforts of the professional in this area will be aided by a thorough knowledge of the questions particular to his or her own field, and also by a comprehensive knowledge of other fields. For example, legal professionals must know the nature and effectiveness of current therapies in order to properly sentence, defend, or legislate; and conversely, therapists need to know relevant law and legal procedures in order to competently advise and prepare their clients (particularly children) for the psychological aspects of legal proceedings.

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