The chapters in this book are intended to describe what is known and what is not known in several specific areas of childhood abuse. The opening interview with Roland Summit gives readers an opportunity to get acquainted with a pioneer in the field. An instrumental force in the study of child sexual abuse, Summit has indelibly impacted the work of the remaining authors and the field in general. The interview provides a personal and historical view of the development of the field and identifies problems and issues all professionals should be prepared to deal with.

A beginning chapter looks at the development of child sexual abuse research. Internationally recognized scholars, practitioners, and thinkers who have based their contributions on both research and practice experience emphasize the most critical unknowns in his or her area, reflecting on the subject much as Dr. Summit might have in the early days of finding out the now “knowns.” Chapters focus on sexual offenders, children's memory, adult memory for trauma, children as victims, treatment challenges of traumatized victims, victims in court, and treatment of dissociate identity clients.

Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse in the United States

Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse in the United States

Prosecution of child sexual abuse in the United States
JohnE. B.Myers, SusanE.DiedrichDevonLee, KellyFincher, and RachelM.Stern

Tracing the history of child sexual abuse prosecution in the United States, this chapter is divided into five sections. Section One describes child sexual abuse and rape prosecution prior to the 20th century. Section Two discusses 20th-century professional writing on child sexual abuse and rape. Professional writing provides insight into the intellectual and social context in which judges and prosecutors operated over the course of the 20th century. Section Three analyzes child sexual abuse prosecution from 1900 to 1950. Section Four discusses the modern era, beginning roughly in 1980, during which efforts were made to reform the criminal justice system to facilitate prosecution ...

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