HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT MY CHILD IS GOING THROUGH?

Kids feel confused Consider that the child may have wanted to tell about the abuse but felt trapped, or threatened either by what they were told would be the consequences for telling, or by what they imagined. If you are a parent finding out about a disclosure made by your child to someone else, consider […]

UNDERSTANDING TREATMENT FOR THE VICTIM

Trust Being a victim of sexual abuse can have a devastating effect on a child’s object relations, particularly the ability to trust other people. In intrafamilial sexual abuse, the impact may be pervasive because a caretaker, who should be a protector and a limit-setter, exploits the child and violates the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Furthermore, […]

THE INVESTIGATION PROCESS

Breakdown Of The Investigation Process: Child Interview Medical Exam Non-offending Parent Interview Interview with the Alleged Offender Risk Assessment   Investigation of child sexual abuse   This chapter describes the role of Child Protective Services (CPS) in the investigation of cases of sexual abuse, the structure of the investigation, and risk assessment in child sexual […]

REPORT: PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THE PROCESS

If Child Custody Is At Stake If you are a parent and the person you suspect is your spouse or ex-spouse or your ex-spouses’ partner, and child custody is an issue – before reporting, call Mothers Against Child Sexual Abuse www.againstsexualabuse.org for a free phone consultation or contact Jewish Community Watch for assistance. The founder of […]

YOUR REACTION WHEN A CHILD TELLS ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE

What Protective Adults Need to Know About 85% of children who are sexually abused never tell, or delay telling, about the abuse. The closer the relationship between the child and the abuser, the less likely the child is to disclose. Often disclosure is gradual and may begin with vague hints or unclear information. If you […]

SIGNS THAT A CHILD MAY BE AT-RISK TO HARM ANOTHER CHILD

Do you know a child or adolescent who is: Confused about social rules and interactions? May experience typical gestures of friendliness or affection as sexual? Explores his or her own natural sexual curiosity with younger children or those of differing size, status, ability, or power? Seeks out the company of younger children and spends an […]