Child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse

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  • 1. Child victim
  • 2. Child sexual abuse by Father
  • 3. Short-term impacts of child sexual abuse
  • Why does Daddy hurt me?
  • My belly hurts so much, I don't want to be at school.
  • Four year old Sebastian in a low socioeconomic family with mother being emotionally abused by husband who is a step father to all four children (1). Sebastian has three siblings and he is the youngest.
  • 4. Long-term impacts of child sexual abuse
  • Mother and Step Father in dysfunctional emotionally abusive relationship. Step Father has control over mother. Mother unable to provide full care and supervision for Sebastian. Siblings are older and take care of them selves (2). Step Father forces sexual intercourse onto Sebastian from age of four during shower time (1).
  • 5. Offending behaviour
  • Physical symptoms: Sore stomach, headaches, not hungry, often says not feeling well. Emotional symptoms: appears withdrawn, acting up in class. Expressing anger or sadness often at school. Behavioural changes often noticed by teachers.
  • Reference list
  • Beitchman J, Zucker K, Hood J, DaCosta G, Akman D, Cassavia E (1992), A review of the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. Child Abuse Neglect (16), pp 101–118 (3)  Frank W. Putnam, M.D (2002),  Ten-Year Research Update Review: Child Sexual Abuse. (1) Fergusson D, Horwood L, Lynskey M (1996a), Childhood sexual abuse and psychiatric disorder in young adulthood, II: psychiatric outcomes of childhood sexual abuse.  (35), pp 1365–1374 (2) Romans S, Martin J, Mullen P (1997b), Childhood sexual abuse and later psychological problems: neither necessary, sufficient nor acting alone.(7), pp 327–338 (6) Taal M, Edelaar M (1997), Positive and negative effects of a child sexual abuse prevention program. Child Abuse Neglect (21), pp 399–410 (5) Widom C, Kuhns J (1996), Childhood victimization and subsequent risk forpromiscuity, prostitution, and teenage pregnancy: a prospective study. (86), pp 1607–1612 (4)
  • Sebastian doesn't understand what has happened to him or why. He wants to understand so he re enacts the behaviour he has learnt, by sexually abusing vulnerable male children at school younger than himself (3). The sexual abuse perfomed becomes an anger outlet and a from of control. This behaviour becomes "acceptable" in Sebastian's moral development.
  • Sebastian reaches adulthood with the struggle of dis-regulated emotions and inappropriate ways of dealing with his emotions. Sebastian chooses to sexually abuse one of his friends younger brothers to cope with his dis-regulated emotions from his own sexual abuse (3). This leads to Sebastians conviction of child sexual abuse at 19 years old (4). 
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