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 ...
Chapter 7: Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse in American Indian Families
Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse in American Indian Families
Incest is increasingly recognized as a serious problem among American Indians. The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA, 1985) states:
The [Indian] community must publicly admit that child sexual abuse does exist and can happen to its children. Statements by respected community members (elders, council members, religious leaders) providing personal testimony of abuse can be extremely effective in forcing a community to recognize that, yes, it does happen here. (p. 11)
In an informational brochure, the Division of Indian Work (DIW, 1987) states:
Over the years, extreme deprivation, discrimination and victimization of Indian people by the dominant society that has rarely recognized or acknowledged the Indian way of life has led to a ...