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In the battle against family sexual abuse, most studies and research findings have examined the problem on a national level--but what about the studies that have been done at the local level? With contributions from practitioners and researchers, Family Sexual Abuse deftly explores the results of eleven research projects covering such issues as sibling incest, the background of sexual offenders, effects of sexual abuse on children, effects of offender removal from the home, effects of reunification, and the prognosis for incest offenders after treatment. While large, national studies provide information on major trends in family sexual abuse, this five-year look at Minnesota studies reflects the real impact of interventions in the context of local practitioners dealing with local problems. As such, these studies clearly demonstrate ...

Families after Sexual Abuse: What Helps? What is Needed?
Families after sexual abuse: What helps? What is needed?
Carolyn J.Levitt

Public awareness and reporting of child sexual abuse has increased significantly in the last 10–15 years (Finkelhor, 1984). In Minnesota, for example, the number of reported cases of sexual maltreatment of children increased 133% from 1982 to 1984. Reported cases rose another 18.6% from 1984 to 1987, with a total of 8,392 cases reported in 1987, the last year for which data are available (Berry, 1990). The large and increasing number of reports has overloaded county child protection and social service systems, and has had a significant impact on the criminal justice system and mental health treatment services as well (League of Women Voters of Minnesota, 1986). ...

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