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Professional Roles and the Extent of Child Sexual Maltreatment
Professional roles and the extent of child sexual maltreatment
Introduction: Why Professionals Need to Know About Child Sexual Maltreatment

As recently as 50 years ago, sexual abuse of children was thought to be extremely uncommon. Thus, in 1955, Weinberg, in a landmark work on incest, estimated that the rate of incest among young children in the United States was only about one per million. Today, researchers in sexual abuse believe that as many as one in three or four American females and one in 6 to 10 males are sexually abused during their childhoods (Bolen & Scannapieco, 1999; Faller, 1988a; Finkelhor, 1979a, 1984; Peters & Wyatt, 1986; Russell, 1983; Saunders, Villeponteaux, Lipovsky, Kilpatrick, & Veronen, 1992).

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