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N. Dickon Reppucci

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Chapter 17: Is There Empirical Evidence to Support the Effectiveness of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs?

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Is There Empirical Evidence to Support the Effectiveness of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs?
Is there empirical evidence to support the effectiveness of child sexual abuse prevention programs?
N. DickonReppucci, Jeffrey J.Haugaard, JillAntonishak

In the 1970s, child advocates and feminist groups helped make the public and professionals aware of the prevalence of child sexual abuse (Finkelhor, 1986). Even the most conservative estimates suggested that 10 percent of female children are subjected to some form of child sexual abuse (Haugaard & Reppucci, 1988). The problem was brought to center stage in the media with the sensational 1984 court case of the McMartin Day Care Center in Los Angeles, in which the center's owner and six teachers were accused of systematically abusing hundreds of children over 10 years. ...

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