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Intrafamilial Child Molestation, Typologies of

Intrafamilial child molestation is a form of sexual abuse that is perpetrated by someone considered family. Specifically, a family member, such as a parent or sibling, involves or exposes children to sexual acts and behaviors by taking advantage of the child’s trust and vulnerability. Research has shown that family members as perpetrators, immediate or part of the extended family, account for more than half of all sexually abused children. Children who are sexually abused, in turn, are more likely to develop significant psychological concerns including depression, anxiety, risky sexual behaviors, post-traumatic stress, difficulty forming stable intimate relationships, and suicidal ideation. Even more problematic, children who are sexually abused by family members are more likely to blame themselves for the abuse than children who are abused ...

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