Sexual Crime

In the United States, there are over 80000 reported cases of child sexual abuse each year. However, the number could be even higher if all the cases were reported. In most cases, the sexually offended children do not fail to tell anyone for the fear of what might happen to them. Child sexual abuse may occur in various forms within the family, by sibling, parent, stepparent or even close relatives (Burke-Draucker & Martsolf, 2006). Sometimes it occurs externally, for example by a childcare person, stranger, teacher, a neighbor or even a friend.

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More research is important in order to devise best treatment and methods of interventions for survivors. Childhood sexual crime is often traumatic, and it has great influence throughout the victim’s life. The consequences of childhood sexual assault continue into adulthood and psychologists need to be well informed in order to present the best services.

References
Bhandari, S., Winter, D., Messer, D., & Metcalfe, C. (2011). Family characteristics and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. British Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 50(4), 435-451. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8260.2010.02006.x

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