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 2: Puerto Ricans and Sexual Child Abuse
Puerto Ricans and Sexual Child Abuse
Discrimination and oppression rob individuals of their voices. As a specific type of oppression, sexual abuse represents a Pandora's box for many Puerto Ricans. The threats, cultural taboos, and legal realities tend to silence the voice of the sexually abused client. For some, traditional cultural values inhibit disclosure and recovery.
The Puerto Rican historical and sociopolitical context adds another dimension to the problem of sexual abuse among this ethnic minority group. The past and contemporary colonial condition facilitates the internalization of oppression. Such internalization may lead to revictimization through sexual abuse. The victim mentality characteristic of the colonized condition further cements the oppression of sexually abused clients. As with other types of victimization, sexual abuse ...