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NCJ Number: 157024 Find in a Library
Title: Rape of the Innocent
Author(s): J Whetsell-Mitchell
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 388
Sponsoring Agency: Accelerated Development
Bristol, PA 19007
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56032-394-9
Sale Source: Accelerated Development
1900 Frost Road
Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is targeted toward parents, educators, mental health professionals, clergy, and others who work with children and need to have an understanding of what constitutes child sexual abuse.
Abstract: The first chapter defines child sexual abuse, describes sexually abusive behaviors and characteristics of sexually abusive situations, and reviews the research literature. The second chapter discusses indicators of child sexual abuse and presents profiles of children at risk of being abused. Profiles are presented for pedophiles, male and female extrafamilial abusers, intrafamilial abusers including siblings and grandparents, adolescent child molesters, and sexually reactive children. The book also covers stages of victimization and ritualistic abuse. The next section of the book discusses the role of parents as protectors of their children and creators of a safe home environment, stages of child development, and issues and components of prevention programs for children of various ages. The final chapter explore the specific issues of child sexual abuse as it relates to pornography, minority children, and children with special needs.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Offender profiles; Victim profiles; Victim-offender relationships; Victims of Crime
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