ERIC Number: ED260866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Child Sexual Abuse in Native American Communities.
Information on causes and warning signs of child sexual abuse, examples of treatment, and prevention resources are presented in this guide which highlights cultural differences in American Indian communities that may influence the occurrence and prevention of child sexual abuse. The guide begins by stating that from the limited statistics available, American Indian communities experience child sexual abuse at approximatley the same rate as non-Indian communities. A question-answer format provides a definition of child sexual abuse, characteristics of sexual offenders and children at-risk for abuse, and behaviors that can indicate abuse. The remainder of the guide, stressing community responsiblity, outlines nine steps for communities to take in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Prevention measures include community education, personal safety curriculum in schools, workable reporting mechanisms, interagency cooperation, and training for professionals. Special problems and resources when sexual abuse occurs in Native American communities are summarized. Problems include distrust of the legal and social agencies intended to help and problems of legal jurisdiction which make both services and prosecution difficult to obtain. Resources include the influence of tribal leaders and traditional practices, such as the talking circle, for problem solving among tribal members. (JHZ)
Descriptors: American Indians, Child Abuse, Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Children, Community Resources, Community Role, Cultural Differences, Incidence, Legal Responsibility, Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Social Differences, Social Influences, Social Services, Tribes
National Indian Law Library, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 (Copies can be ordered, for mailing costs).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHHS/OHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National American Indian Court Judges Association.