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NCJ Number: 228298 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Journal: Future of Children  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2009  Pages:169-194
Author(s): David Finkelhor
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 26
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article briefly reviews organized child sexual abuse prevention efforts and discusses developing areas for prevention, draws implications from the sex crime decline, and presents recommendations.
Abstract: Since the early 1990s sex crimes against children have declined dramatically suggesting that something is helping; however, it is difficult to ascertain whether any of the organized prevention initiatives have contributed to this decline. This paper examines initiatives to prevent child sexual abuse, which have focused on two strategies: offender management and school-based educational programs. Even though these initiatives won the public and policymakers approval, little evidence exists on their effectiveness in preventing sexual abuse. Additional research is recommended to help develop and identify strategies to prevent sexual abuse, such as using law enforcement resources to catch more undetected offenders and concentrating intensive management efforts on those at highest risk to reoffend, and in the area of education programs to reduce victimization, research and development efforts to integrate this approach into comprehensive health and safety promotion curricula. 98 Endnotes
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Child welfare; Crime prevention measures; Crime prevention planning; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenders; Sexually abused adolescents
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