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Decision Making in Child Sexual Abuse
Decision making in child sexual abuse

Professionals may be asked to address a number of questions related to an allegation of sexual abuse. These include whether the professional thinks the child has been sexually abused, the degree of certainty the professional attributes to that opinion, whether the child can be protected in her current living situation or needs to be removed from the home, what treatment is needed for the child and/or family, and whether the offender is treatable.

Perhaps the most challenging of these decisions, and the one that will be the focus of this chapter, is whether sexual abuse has occurred. The reasons why this is a very difficult decision will be described. A protocol for collecting data to ...

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