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Having New Eyes: Understanding, Responding, and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse as a Public Health Issue (Workshop 52A)
It is underestimated that an average of over 300,000 children are sexually abused each year in the USA (CDC 1999). The list of negative public health impacts of child sexual abuse are well-documented and include harmful drug use, eating and sleep disorders, chronic illness, abusive sexual and intimate relationships, risk for imprisonment, and poor mental health. The workshop will explain why and how child sexual abuse is a public health issue, and how, despite its nature as a preventable public health concern, our society traditionally has responded to child sexual abuse using only the tools of the criminal justice and child protection systems. The workshop also helps participants to understand the importance of using a public health approach as a complementary discipline to criminal justice and child protection for the creation of child sexual abuse primary prevention programs.
Alisa Klein, M.A.I.P.
Stop It Now!
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