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  • 10 Year old Kevin has lived in a foster home since he was 4 years old. Unfortunately, Kevin is a part of the small percentage of children who are sexually abused in foster care (Hobbs, Hobbs and Wynne 1999).
  • Kevin: U r so nice, we shuld play down at the park together, i dnt have many friends that will and play with me. 12y/o: That will be fun!!
  • This sexual abuse has seriously altered Kevin's interpersonal skills and affected his social functioning, so Kevin does not have any friends (Briere and Elliot 1994).
  • •Beitchman, J. H., Zucker, K. J., Hood, J. E., DaCosta, G. A., Akman, D., & Cassavia, E. (1992). A review of the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 16(1), 101-118. •Briere, J. N., & Elliott, D. M. (1994). Immediate and long-term impacts of child sexual abuse. The Future of Children, 4(2), 54-69. •DeLisi, M., Kosloski, A., Vaughn, M., Caudill, J., & Trulson, C. (2014). Does childhood sexual abuse victimization translate into juvenile sexual offending? new evidence. Violence and Victims, 29(4), 620-635. •Hobbs, C. J., Hobbs, G. F., & Wynne, J. M. (1999). Abuse of children in foster and residential care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 23(12), 1239-1252.
  • Kevin's psychological and interpersonal issues continue to be a long term problem throughout the rest of his adolescence due to Kevin being abused for the majority of his childhood (Beithcmen, Zucker, Hood, DaCosta, Adman and Cassavia, 1992).
  • The sexual abuse has altered Kevin's psycho-sexual development (Beitchman, Zucker, Hood, DaCosta, Akmon and Cassavia 1992). Because of this, Kevin is unable to form healthy relationships with adults and prefers the company of children instead.
  • Kevin was caught and is now in prison for his own sexual abuse against children.
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