Child Sexual Abuse: The Search for Healing

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Chapter Ten

HEALING OF SOCIETY

We need to broaden the sphere of morality to take into consideration all practices which involve a lack of respect for persons: systems of race, class, age and gender—in short, all inequalities and aggressions. A moral society would be a just system which eliminated inequality while acknowledging and catering for difference and variety. If moral debate is reduced to sexual matters, then all other inequalities are bound to be obscured by insistent screams of shock and horror—by exaggeration and distortion. As long as that process continues, children will be exploited sexually, racially, through their poverty, or simply because they are children.

Judith Ennew (1986),

The sexual exploitation of children

Child sexual abuse will continue as long as we simply focus on individual children, one at a time, applying crisis measures when abuse is revealed. It is also important, but not enough that children and families and offenders are healed after sexual abuse happens. A more general healing of society is required to change attitudes which promote and condone sexually abusive behaviours. This chapter will look at prevention in this broader sense and identify some of the social values that must be changed for prevention to be effective.


LEVELS OF PREVENTION

Three levels of prevention are identified (Bagley and Thurston 1988). These are: (1) primary—aiming to address the root causes and cultural values involved in an identified problem; (2)

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vii
  • About the Authors ix
  • Chapter One - The Meaning of Sexual Abuse in Childhood 1
  • Chapter Two - Historical Perspectives 25
  • Chapter Three - Definitions and Ethics 38
  • Chapter Four - Statistical Dimensions 56
  • Chapter Five - A Community Model 78
  • Chapter Six - Trauma to the Child Victim 105
  • Chapter Seven - Healing of the Child Survivor 133
  • Chapter Eight - Healing the Family 157
  • Chapter Nine - Healing of Offenders 182
  • Chapter Ten - Healing of Society 203
  • Chapter Eleven - Implications for Practice and Research 230
  • Bibliography 241
  • Name Index 264
  • Subject Index 269
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