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.
Chapter 10: Culturally Informed Interventions for Sexual Child Abuse
Culturally Informed Interventions for Sexual Child Abuse
We have considered ideas for prevention and intervention for sexual child abuse in nine cultural groups in the United States. Collectively, they suggest clear paths for agencies, therapists, and policymakers in attending to the needs of diverse communities.
An intervention (be it medical, legal, psychological, protective, or other) for sexual abuse that is culturally sensitive would be—first and foremost—user friendly. The client would feel welcome, respected, and understood:
It's understanding, it's trust, so we won't feel the fear of speaking with another person. Above all, because of the culture and the betrayal, it's a big deal for many of us to reach out for the first time and say, “I need help.” (Puerto ...