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NCJ Number: 144998 Find in a Library
Title: Bitter Earth: Child Sexual Abuse in Indian Country
Corporate Author: National Indian Justice Ctr
United States of America
Editor(s): J Stubbs
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Indian Justice Ctr
Petaluma, CA 94952
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 90-VI-GX-K001
Sale Source: National Indian Justice Ctr
McNear Building
7 Fourth Street
Suite 28
Petaluma, CA 94952
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video examines the incidence, patterns, and responses to child sexual abuse in American Indian communities.
Abstract: The format of the video consists of a hostess who coordinates and conceptually categorizes comments of adult survivors of childhood incest, family members of incest victims, a clinical psychologist, a child protection worker, a victim advocate, law enforcement officials, court personnel, a traditional Indian healer, and a health educator. The narrator notes that child sexual abuse among American Indians occurs at about the same rate as in non- Indian families in America. It is perpetrated primarily by family members or family friends. After defining child sexual abuse and describing specific acts that constitute child sexual molestation, the importance of disclosure is discussed by various professional commentators. A particular problem in addressing child sexual abuse in Indian communities is the tendency of Indian families to hide the abuse and fail to seek help or report the abuse to the authorities. The law requires that all Federal Government employees who work closely with Indian children must report suspicions of child abuse. After receiving a report, child protection workers and the police cooperate in the investigation of the report. Jurisdiction may be under the tribal courts or the Federal courts. Federal courts generally provide more severe punishment for child sexual molesters. The video discusses the difficulty of obtaining evidence in child sexual abuse cases, identifies categories of evidence, lists signs of sexual abuse in children, and provides an overview of the preventive education being given to Indian children in school. A discussion booklet accompanies the video.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Indian justice
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Child protection services; Juveniles; Police-social worker cooperation; Victims of Crime
Note: 44 min. color VHS video.
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