ERIC Number: ED313175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment Service Delivery Problems and Solutions in Rural Areas of Washington State.
Ray, JoAnn; Murty, Susan A.
This study investigates prevention and treatment programs that deal with rural child sexual abuse in the State of Washington. A survey of 61 rural service providers examined agencies, services provided, problems faced in service delivery, and innovative solutions to those problems. The study compares responses from three types of agencies (mental health centers, child protective services, and sexual assault programs). Over 80% of all clinicians surveyed perceived a lack of trained counselors or resources to deal with the problem of child sexual abuse. Only 48% of those providing services thought child sexual abuse victims were receiving good services. The rating of problems by agency staffs showed a pattern of staff shortages, lack of resources, and increasing caseloads among all three types of rural agencies. Other problems included poor interagency coordination, lack of community support, and problems stemming from societal denial of sexual abuse. Agencies pointed to successes of community education programs on sexual abuse as a means of combatting denial of the problem. Coordination among existing services and agencies also appeared to be a successful approach. The report concludes that rural professionals dealing with child sexual abuse need additional resources and funding. This paper contains 32 references. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eastern Washington Univ., Cheney. Northwest Inst. for Advanced Studies.
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Identifiers - Location: Washington