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NCJ Number: 213298 Find in a Library
Title: Adult Victim/Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
Corporate Author: Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
Date Published: November 2005
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0 642 39531 4
Sale Source: Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
Australian Institute of Family Studies
300 Queen Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000,
Document: PDF
Type: Literature Review
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Through a review of the literature, this article attempts to briefly provide a better understanding of the experiences of adult victim/survivors of childhood sexual assault, in order to better understand the need for and provide a better response to victims.
Abstract: In order to meet the needs of victims/survivors of childhood sexual assault, a better understanding of the causal effects of such abuse on mental health and other health and social problems is necessary, as well as a more complete knowledge of what factors act as buffers or exacerbate the impact of childhood sexual assault. There is an urgent need for evaluations of the therapeutic responses to the abuse for both children and adults. The aim must be to identify good practice, along with the difficulties services face and the consequent gaps in current levels of provision. Through a literature review of research and knowledge that does exist, what is found is that child sexual assault is presently defined to be any sexual activity between a child and an adult or older person, and that most sexual assault is perpetrated by someone who is known to a child. The correlation between childhood sexual assault and adverse psychological and social outcomes exists, there are minimal evaluative studies on the effectiveness of many therapeutic responses to childhood sexual assault, that the majority of victim/survivors encounter a range of obstacles to reporting victimization, and due to a lack in reporting, criminal justice responses are lacking in services.
Main Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Literature reviews; Long term health effects of child abuse; Psychological victimization effects; Sexual assault victims; Victim services; Victimization; Victims of violent crime
Note: ACSSA Wrap, No. 1, November 2005; downloaded on March 3, 2006.
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