The impact of culture on sexual abuse issues is only beginning to be understood. In minority populations, sexual abuse can be overlooked - or survivors can be inappropriately treated - because of cultural or linguistic misunderstandings, racism or homophobia. This volume contains culture-specific chapters that consider ways in which cultural norms can be used to protect children and promote healing from sexual abuse.


Lisa AronsonFontes

Those of us who work with people affected by sexual abuse have learned that no formula for intervention works every time. Effective interventions require careful, continual assessment of the abuse and of responses to the abuse and to our interventions. These responses are partially shaped by culture: the culture of the client(s) and the treatment providers, and the cultural context of the wider society in which the abuse and the intervention occur.

I advocate for the adoption of an ecosystemic approach to sexual abuse that takes into account individual, familial, cultural, and societal factors. This approach is not difficult to learn or understand. It increases our ability to create prevention programs and intervene in instances of sexual abuse with members of a variety of ...

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