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Volume 18, Issue 2 (1989)

Review of Spiders and Flies: Help for Parents and Teachers of Sexually Abused Children

pp. 284—286

The sexual abuse of children is a serious area of concern for all of us. It constitutes a violation of a child’s physical and psychological self and can produce life long emotional and behavioral distress and dysfunction. In addition, it is a criminal act committed by individuals who typically are well known by the victims and who often were victims themselves. In the past decade, clinical and research findings convincingly have documented the prevalence, etiology, and effects of child sexual abuse. As a society and as mental health professionals we finally have acknowledged the reality of child sexual abuse and we no longer are interpreting children’s reports of sexual abuse as normal Oedipal fantasies. Following acknowledgment comes identification, and then response and treatment.

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