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NCJ Number: 115052 Find in a Library
Title: Child Sexual Abuse: Very Young Perpetrators
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect, the International Journal  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:(1988)  Pages:579-582
Author(s): H B Cantwell
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Three cases of child sexual abuse by child perpetrators show that sexual abuse of a child by a child may result in the victim becoming a perpetrator, thereby contributing to a potential reservoir of adolescent and adult perpetrators.
Abstract: A specialized team of social workers in Denver, Colo., investigates three to four reported cases per week involving sexual abuse by a child below age 10. These cases demonstrate that the perpetrators have themselves been sexually molested and that they become perpetrators long before the child protection laws either demand reporting or insist on an interview with the child perpetrator, unless parents agree to it. Parent education programs may help address the problem. Such programs should teach parents that explicit sexual behavior in children should be reported, investigated, and discussed; spanking victimized children is counter-productive for their protection from sexual abuse; and most sexual assaults on children come from within the circle of family, friends, and people well-known to the child. Parent/school education should encourage children to tell someone if a person of any age initiates sexual play with them. Parents should be instructed to consult with the school social worker or their family physician if they are unsure of the extent of normal exploratory sexual play among children. 9 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Parent education
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