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Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Allegations of sexual abuse
Theresa M.Schuman, Ph.D.

Over the years, the pendulum has swung from the theory that children's accounts of sexual abuse are products of fantasy to the notion that whatever children said about abuse is true and should be believed. As professionals, we have been taught to examine our personal feelings about the sexual abuse of children. It was thought that unconscious forces, in part, prevented health professionals from detecting abuse. We did not want to admit that parents could do such horrible things to their children. Through the attention given to sexual abuse and the protection of children, in the media, in child abuse prevention programs, and in our graduate studies, the world has become acutely aware of abuse and ...

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