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.
Anglo Americans and Sexual Child Abuse
A young WASP couple was calmly informed by their 8-year-old daughter that a teenage boy in the neighborhood had stood in his window, exposing himself to her and a friend. The couple deliberated extensively about what they ought to do, debating their obligations to their child, the best treatment for the teenager, the need to inform an authority for the safety of the neighborhood, and ways to avert further incidents of a similar nature. Finally, they decided to consult with the mother of their daughter's friend, who was Italian. When this woman finally was made to understand by the WASPs that her daughter had viewed someone's penis, her course of action was immediate. She ...