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NCJ Number: 120445 Find in a Library
Title: Spiders and Flies: Help for Parents and Teachers of Sexually Abused Children
Author(s): D Hillman; J Solek-Tefft
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 198
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Publication Number: ISBN 0-669-17982-5
Sale Source: Lexington Books
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book offers parents, teachers, and counselors critical information on how to deal with the aftermath of reported child sexual abuse.
Abstract: Using many examples and case studies, the book covers a broad range of situations and problems encountered in child sexual abuse cases. Experienced in both school and clinical settings, the authors focus on practical methods for direct intervention and recommend techniques, strategies, and resources that adults can use to help alleviate child and family trauma. The book includes typical scenarios of abusive encounters, short-term and long-term effects of sexual abuse on all involved parties, myth-debunking statistics, and a review of normal sexual development. Detailed advice is provided for handling sexual abuse cases, from the earliest stage of assessing the child's and perpetrator's credibility to the later stage of informing authorities and arranging medical examinations. Case studies illustrate common emotions and behaviors and offer suggestions for treating reactions such as anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, shock, stigma, incomprehension, and repression. Also examined are the nature and role of both incestuous and nonincestuous families. The book describes how children can use creative expression to explore hidden emotions. The book includes an accurate portrait of typical offenders, a discussion of how to monitor and cope with the legal system, a review of the phenomenon of sexual abuse, and a summation of the latest prevention techniques and professional counseling services. Appended supplementary materials, 28 references, subject index.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Child molesters
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