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.

African Americans and Sexual Child Abuse

African Americans and sexual child abuse
Veronica D.Abney, RonniePriest

The number of research and clinical articles addressing childhood sexual victimization in African American communities is increasing, but it still remains sparse (Pierce & Pierce, 1984; Priest, 1992; Russell, 1986; Wyatt, 1985, 1988a, 1990; Wyatt & Mickey, 1988). In addition, significant segments of the African American community have traditionally taken a twofold thematic variation of “see no evil, hear no evil.” On one hand, sexually abusing children is something other ethnic groups do. On the other hand, if, in fact, African Americans do engage in incestuous acts or other sexually abusive behavior with children, it is not to be talked about because it is thought that acknowledging sexual child abuse will be ...

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