ERIC Number: ED345141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Child Sexual Abuse in America--A Call for School & Community Action. A Report of a National Study.
The rate of sexual abuse of children and adults in our society is appalling, and growing rapidly. This study was designed to determine trends in child sexual abuse prevention and treatment services offered by school districts across America. The questionnaire was designed to allow comparisons of urban, rural, and suburban school district programs (N=211), and to determine gaps in services. In spite of the fact that one in three girls and one in four or five boys are sexually abused by age 18, 51.7 percent of the surveyed districts did not have prevention and treatment programs. Findings indicated that the districts tend to tell staff to report abuse, but do not adequately train them regarding how to prevent and treat child sexual abuse. Follow-up tends to be highly inadequate, as does support for students. Sexual abuse prevention and treatment programs typically were offered in only one grade. Many school planning committees have assumed that teaching children to "just say no" to sexual abuse would solve the problem. Results regarding inservice topics were consistent with more conventional roles of schools to meet legal requirements versus directly addressing social issues. One-fourth of the respondents reported that their district had "no procedures" for supporting staff who had difficulty with sexual abuse issues. Program evaluation did not appear to be a priority of district programs. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham. National Rural Development Inst.