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Carol A. Plummer

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Chapter 16: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Is Appropriate and Successful

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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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