Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition updates its comprehensive coverage of child sexual abuse definitions and indicators, interview and questioning techniques, and diagnosis guidelines to include an insightful response to the building social backlash against the so-called "child abuse industry." Distinguished scholar and experienced practitioner Kathleen Coulborn Faller applies twenty-five years of clinical experience and state-of-the-art research to offer authoritative guidance to both novice and experience practitioners.

Professional Roles and the Extent of Child Sexual Maltreatment

Professional roles and the extent of child sexual maltreatment

Introduction: Why Professionals Need to Know About Child Sexual Maltreatment

As recently as 50 years ago, sexual abuse of children was thought to be extremely uncommon. Thus, in 1955, Weinberg, in a landmark work on incest, estimated that the rate of incest among young children in the United States was only about one per million. Today, researchers in sexual abuse believe that as many as one in three or four American females and one in 6 to 10 males are sexually abused during their childhoods (Bolen & Scannapieco, 1999; Faller, 1988a; Finkelhor, 1979a, 1984; Peters & Wyatt, 1986; Russell, 1983; Saunders, Villeponteaux, Lipovsky, Kilpatrick, & Veronen, 1992).

These recent findings ...

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