Child sexual abuse: What can parents do?

Child sexual abuse can be traumatic not just for the child, but for the family as well.

Prevention is better than cure. As parents, teachers or caregivers, we must teach children to protect themselves from any form of abuse. But the sad reality is that despite it all, children do get abused.

Several research papers tell us that child sexual abuse (CSA) has a significant short and long-term impact on the mental health of children and adolescents. Treatment for a survivor of CSA includes individual therapy for the child, treatment for any comorbidity (depression, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder) that might already be present or develop in the aftermath of the abuse (Browne &Finkelhor, 1986; Conte &Scheurman, 1987; Kendall-Tackett, Williams, &Finkelhor, 1993).

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