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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Is Appropriate and Successful
Child sexual abuse prevention is appropriate and successful
Carol A.Plummer

Child sexual abuse is an ancient phenomenon, but neither the public nor the professional community had significant awareness of it until the 1970s. Prior to then, child sexual abuse was vastly underreported and misunderstood by the public and minimized in the professional literature. The recognition of child sexual abuse led to both the public and professionals attempting to identify abuse in the present generation of children as well as seeking ways to end and prevent it in future generations.

In the 1970s, prevention programs already flourished for problems such as drug abuse, suicide, and unwanted pregnancy. Yet because we knew so little about child sexual abuse, preventing it demanded that ...

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