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NCJ Number: 228787 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Maltreatment of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors From the Horn of Africa: A Mixed Method Study Focusing on Vulnerability and Prevention
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:728-738
Author(s): Margaret Lay; Irena Papadopoulos
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study sought to identify the social, cultural, and political factors that affect African unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors' (UASM) vulnerability to sexual maltreatment in England.
Abstract: Although unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors (UASM) share many similarities with indigenous children in care, they may be placed at greater risk of sexual maltreatment by their socio-cultural alienation and the challenges of acculturation, migration status, communication difficulties, absence of family in the host country, England, inappropriate accommodation, and high levels of exposure to potential perpetrators. If not protected adequately, professionals should assume that UASMs will suffer sexual maltreatment in their host country (England). In addition, they are likely to need more protection from outside sources, as well as help to develop their personal resources than many have been afforded to date. UASM are exposed to a myriad of personal, social, political, economic, and cultural factors that increase their risk of sexual maltreatment. Their vulnerability and response to it are shaped by their early experiences as well as their perceptions of the host country. This paper describes a study which sought to identify how the sexual maltreatment of UASM from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia in the United Kingdom could be prevented. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse situation remedies; Child protection laws; Child protection services; Sexually abused adolescents; United Kingdom (UK)
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