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.

Lesbians and Sexual Child Abuse

Lesbians and sexual child abuse

The inclusion of this chapter on lesbians and sexual abuse in a book on multicultural issues in sexual abuse is both relevant and timely. Specific concerns for and about lesbians are often overlooked in the literature. Social service providers may not know what to do because of this gap. For decades, lesbian women have “passed” as heterosexual and therefore have not been studied extensively as a group in their own right.

Although there is some reference to lesbians and sexual abuse in the published literature (Bass & Davis, 1988; Courtois, 1988; Davis, 1991; Dinsmore, 1991; Loulan, 1987; Maltz & Holman, 1987), adequate review of the salient issues faced by lesbians who were abused sexually is lacking. Lesbian ...

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