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By: Deborah A. Gerrity

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 36: Groups for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Groups for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Groups for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Deborah A. Gerrity

CSA/Incest is the exploitation of a child by an older person or persons for the adult's satisfaction while ignoring a child's developmental status (Courtois, 1999). “Sexual abuse includes fondling a child's genitals, intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism, and commercial exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials” (National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, 2002, p. 3). Based on the population sampled and definition of CSA, 7%–36% of females and 3%–29% of males have been sexually abused as children (Finkelhor, 1993). Most CSA is incest perpetrated by males who are family members or known by the child (Courtois, 2010).

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