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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 ...

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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