Childhood Sexual Abuse Case Study

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Childhood sexual abuse has proven to be a consistent and prevalent issue throughout the history of society. In Judith Herman’s book “Trauma and Recovery” speaks on Freud’s findings of Sexual abuse as early as the late 1800’s (1-1997). Freud found in his case study titled the Aetiology of Hysteria that at the source of all of his cases of hysteria was evidence of one or more experiences of early sexual activity. In more recent cases we have seen childhood sexual abuse brought to the fore front though the scandal with the Catholic Church in the late 90’s and the Penn State Scandal involving Jerry Sandusky within the last 5 years. Childhood sexual abuse proves to be an issue and the prevalence and effects felt by its victims is an even more daunting …show more content…
Girls are 2.5 to 3 times more at risk to be victims of childhood sexual abuse (Putnam, 2003). The statistics on male victims may be marginalized due to the reluctance of males to report sexual abuse. The age of children also plays a role in victimization as it if found that children above the age of 12 make up a third of childhood sexual abuse cases in the United States. Children between the ages 1-12 may not be able to determine boundaries and deem what is appropriate or inappropriate touch in situations involving adults or older children. Children with physical disabilities such as blindness, deafness, and mental retardation increase the risk for children to become victims of childhood sexual abuse. Due to the fact that these children may experience deficits in communication they are easily sought after. It is found that the absence of a parent or both parents increases the risk for children to experience sexual abuse. Also the presence of alcoholism, substance abuse, and marital conflict in parents can increase the susceptibility for a child to be victimized. Although socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity often increase the opportunity for a child to experience child abuse there is no significant data that shows these factor increase the risk of sexual abuse in …show more content…
Those victimized by sexual abuse display higher rates of being arrested for sex crimes or prostitution (Putnam, 2003). Victims are also at a higher risk for earlier pregnancy rates and complications during childbirth due to substance abuse and other factors of mental health and isolation. Some may believe that this population may partake in earlier sexual activities to fill a void of unmet psychological needs. Childhood sexual abuse also acts as a strong link to the risk factors and behavior of those who contract

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