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.

Asian, Pacific Island, and Filipino Americans and Sexual Child Abuse

Asian, Pacific Island, and Filipino Americans and sexual child abuse
AmyOkamura, PatriciaHeras, LindaWong-Kerberg

This chapter will focus on sexual child abuse in American families of Asian, Pacific Island and Filipino ethnic backgrounds. A search of the literature on sexual child abuse among these ethnic groups in the United States reveals a dearth of references (Ima & Hohm, 1991; Korbin, 1981; Rao, Di Clemente, & Ponton, 1992; Wong, 1987). Statistical data on the incidence of sexual child abuse among these groups is also lacking due to data collection decisions on the state and national levels. The National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect, for example, classifies racial/ethnic categories into 3 groups: White (including Hispanic), Black, and other.

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