ERIC Number: ED299497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Incest: A College Student Nightmare Which Challenges Our Boundaries.
Witchel, Robert I.
Statistics indicate that 100,000 to 500,000 children are sexually abused yearly. Changing child abuse laws, significant attention by the media, and sexual abuse prevention programs have contributed to the explosion of incest disclosures from children and adults, including college students. Studies support the prevalence of incest victims within the U.S. college student population. Incest is a nightmare that silently screams within many college students, both male and female. The symptoms include depression, low self-esteem, poor social skills, and substance abuse. When the incest remains a secret, it interferes with many of the developmental tasks faced by college students. Positive feelings about self, productive relationships with others, and healthy life skills are frequently hindered by unresolved incestuous memories. College campuses and student affairs professionals need to develop services and programs for adult incest survivors. Awareness workshops for student development and faculty should strive to develop a sensitivity for the symptoms of sexual abuse and to develop an awareness of prevention and intervention programs needed to respond to college student survivors. Sex education and awareness programs for students, especially abuse survivors, designed to foster more responsible sexual decision making behavior, would be productive. (Two case examples are included.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Miami, FL, March 20-23, 1988).