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Volume :45 Issue : 172 2019      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Factors Related to Children disclosure of Sexual Abuse Professor.

Auther : Prof. Hayfaa Y. AlKandari

     The current study aimed at identifying obstacles related to children's disclosure of sexual abuse as reported by 141 Kuwaiti specialists, consisting of social workers (n = 47), teachers (n = 47) and lawyers (n = 47) of both genders. A measure of the demographic Factors Related to Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure whose psychometric properties were found to be applicable to Kuwaiti society was prepared. There is a general agreement (64.5%) among social workers, teachers and lawyers that child sexual abuse is very common in Kuwaiti society. There is also a general agreement (43.3%) among the respondents who expressed their dissatisfaction with the services provided to the children subject to sexual abuse. The agreement is even stronger (83%) regarding the need to establish a shelter and therapeutic center for these children. The results also showed that all respondents believe that family and community conditions play a key role in child sexual disclosure. However, social workers and teachers, unlike lawyers, believe that there are certain child characteristics that control sexual abuse disclosure. These include the degree of the child dependency on the offender, the age during sexual abuse, lack of mental and social abilities that would help him to understand the meaning of the abuse, the feeling that there is no justice in the case of complaint, and the respect and appreciation for the offender. Moreover, social workers and teachers, unlike lawyers, believe that the nature of the dialogue between the offender and the child is the most important obstacle to detecting sexual abuse. The study recommends that more surveys should be conducted on the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Kuwaiti society, and that it is necessary to provide therapeutic services as well as raise awareness among families about sexual abuse and its different forms.

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