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For the past few decades, response to the problem has mainly consisted of early CSA prevention education for children and retribution for perpetrators. This article examines CSA and prevention efforts through a public health model, applying that theoretical frame to the case of the Stop It Now media campaign.
It also recommends ways to expand the public health response to CSA to enhance both adult responsibility for addressing CSA and social connection between children and their caregivers.
Child sexual abuse CSA affects an estimated 30 to 40 percent of girls and more than 13 percent of boys Bolen and Scannapieco, Over the andante strains of what sounds like nursery music, the announcement asserts: This article seeks to examine the systemic features of the problem of CSA, as well as corresponding systemic responses and interventions.
It uses a public health model to examine CSA and a number of associated factors. The theoretical framework is applied in analysis of the case to reveal successes and challenges in prevention efforts. The article considers the implications of systemic models and concludes with recommendations to expand the current public health response to CSA in order to incorporate the theory of social connection.
A criminal justice model responds to violence with retribution against perpetrators. A public health model, in contrast, employs a systemic understanding of the vulnerabilities and resilience of both victims and perpetrators.
The model aims to prevent future occurrence of violence through collective change. Based in science and proactive engagement, the public health model encompasses: These four elements are meant to approach public health problems systemically by understanding scope and causal factors, as well as by articulating responses to the problem that motivate collective change.
A public health response to CSA recognizes multiple opportunities for prevention and intervention. According to Patricia Crittendenp. Research suggests that CSA is preventable, and the persistence of the problem indicates the need for systemic changes in the ways by which caregivers connect with children Moore, The public health approach has its limitations.
These can include the assumption that causal pathways can be identified, the focus on disease and diagnosis in defining the problem, and the challenge of measuring multiple levels of causation in violence Moore, While it is essential that law enforcement hold CSA perpetrators accountable and also provide mental health treatment to victims, it is also important to consider systemic factors that may have contributed to perpetration and victimization Trepper and Barrett, The liability model often isolates perpetrators and the causes of harm by linking them to direct actions.
The model may be considered retroactive in its approach, as it responds to injustice by seeking retribution. According to Younga social connection model features the following important elements. First, a social connection model does not isolate responsibility.
Second, the model implicitly promotes questions about what background conditions contributed to the occurrence of harm.
Third, the model is preventative and seeks to incorporate in the process of collective change all those affected by the problem. Social connection will refer to those relationships between children and adults that promote universal protection of children from harm by adults.
Although a public health model and a social connection model stem from different fields and are supported by different theories and research, these models appear to respond to CSA in a systemic manner and to promote collective change of contributing conditions.
Definitions of CSA vary widely among researchers, clinicians, and lawmakers, possibly due to professionals differently operationalizing each word in the term Haugaard, Recognizing that the concept of abuse and the gravity of the event are culturally determined, David Finkelhor and Jill Korbinp.
They found that nearly all respondents However, more than half of the respondents were unable to define CSA and did not know the warning signs that indicate possible CSA by an adult.
It also challenges standards of moral conduct, as well as social constructs associated with gender, family systems, and sexuality Haaken and Lamb, It is problematic depending upon its associated, culturally accepted taboos, the parameters of its continuum from sexual suggestiveness to genital penetrationand assumptions about the responsibility, mental health, and self-control of individuals who perpetrate CSA.
Only 31 percent of respondents in the Vermont study thought that CSA perpetrators could stop their behaviors Chasan-Taber and Tabachnick, Vermont residents also anticipated the difficulty they might have in confronting family members suspected of CSA. They expressed concerns that reporting CSA could do more harm than good for the child and family.
The most current national data come from a survey, in which 83, children were identified as victims of indicated sexual abuse USDHHS, That number represents 9. The overall rate of maltreatment victimization is inversely related to child age groups, in that the risk of maltreatment diminishes as the child ages; nevertheless, CSA is most commonly found Although findings from the survey indicate that more than half The population of individuals who have experienced CSA may be much larger than current research documents.Reports the findings of a study that explored the social costs caused by an array of bad outcomes, including child abuse and neglect, high school dropouts, criminal activity, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, and other health problems, and how these costs could be reduced by investing in evidence-based early childhood programs.
Child abuse and neglect is well established as an important societal concern with significant ramifications for the affected children, their families, and society at large (see Chapter 4).A critical step in devising effective responses is reasonable agreement on the definition of the problem and its scope.
INTRODUCTION. This topic will review social and medicolegal considerations for suspected child abuse. Medicolegal aspects of mandated reporting in the United States and Europe will also be discussed here. Child abuse, therefore, is when harm or threat of harm is made to a child by someone acting in the role of caretaker.[1,2] It is a worldwide problem with no social, ethnic, and racial bounds.
Child abuse can be in the form of physical abuse, when the child suffers bodily harm as a result of a deliberate attempt to hurt the child, or severe. Exacerbating confusion over the legal definition of child abuse and neglect are differences in the guidelines or standards for defining child abuse and neglect among and within disciplines, agencies, and professional groups.
Child fatality review teams: A content analysis of social policy; pp. 91– [PubMed: ] Doyle JJ. American. However, the available evidence suggests that child abuse and neglect is an important, prevalent problem in the United States, with conservative estimates placing the annual number of children affected by this problem at more than 1 million, following an analysis .