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Abuse in the investigation and treatment of intrafamilial child sexual abuse

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Périodique : Child Abuse & Neglect
Numéros : vol. 8, nº 1, ISSN 0145-2134 (Imprimé)
Dates : Date de publication: 01/1984
Etendue : pp. 47-53
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Titre :

Abuse in the investigation and treatment of intrafamilial child sexual abuse

Résumé :

This paper examines the effects of current practice in the investigation and treatment of documented incest abusers on the offenders and families involved. Fifteen offenders attending the Utah Parents United group completed a questionnaire on the sequence of events in the investigation and prosecution of their cases and the concomitant results of the investigation on their job status, living and financial situations, family and social relationships, and media reporting of the abuse. Results indicate that there is great variability in the investigation and prosecution of incest cases and the public announcement of abuse convictions. The consequences of the abuse investigation are devastating for offender and his family in terms of job loss; need for public assistance; family disbandonment through removal of the offender, victim, or both from the family, marital separation, and foster care for nonabused siblings; changes of residence, and the public announcement of the abuse in the media. Results also show that offenders receive little, if any, social support from family or friends. Changes in the current approach to the investigation and prosecution of incest offenders are proposed and include the following: (1) banning the publication of convictions for child abuse; (2) streamlining the legal process so that it is consistent from case to case; and (3) developing diversion programs as alternatives to prison for offenders. Suggested are self-help, court-ordered therapeutic programs, such as Parents United, that are designed for the treatment of families involved in child sexual abuse and incest. The desired outcomes of such a diversion program are low offender recidivism, avoidance of the offender's family being placed on welfare, less reliance on foster care placement for the offender's children, involvement of the offender's family in moving toward reunion when feasible, and the use of existing half-way houses in lieu of incarceration when necessary.

Mots clés libres :

Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health

Mots-clés libres (EN) :

System abuse, Abuse of offenders, Abuse in course of investigations, Abuse of incest families


Langue : anglais
Numéro de fiche : 236
Source : CrossRef
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 04/05/2018
Dernière modification : 23/11/2018
Statut WordPress : Publié