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Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(1992)  Pages:153-164
Author(s): R C Summit
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome (CSAAS) describes a logical pattern and sequence of interaction among the victim of child sexual abuse, the intruder, and the potential caretakers.
Abstract: Five factors -- secrecy, helplessness, entrapment and accommodation, delayed and unconvincing disclosure, and retraction -- describe the process whereby adults refuse to listen and the accommodating child victim does not complain. The CSAAS originated as a summary of diverse clinical consulting experience, defined at the interface with paradoxical forensic reaction. Despite the intent to use CSAAS as a means to address the prejudice faced by child victims of sexual abuse, the syndrome definition has alternatively threatened traditional defense arguments and given prosecutors a weapon with which to prove that inconsistent witnesses may be telling the truth. The author maintains that CSAAS merely addresses the secondary trauma experienced by child victims in the crisis of discovery, where they typically face disbelief and rejection from adults. 7 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile witnesses
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