ERIC Number: EJ698080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
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Adolescents Who Experienced Sexual Abuse: Fears, Needs and Impediments to Disclosure
Crisma, M.; Bascelli, E.; Paci, D.; Romito, P.
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, v28 n10 p1035-1048 Oct 2004
Objective:: Understanding the impediments that prevented sexually abused adolescents from disclosure to their family or to professionals, and analyzing the responses they received when they did disclose. Methods:: In depth anonymous interviews were conducted in Italy through a toll-free telephone line with 36 young people who experienced sexual abuse in adolescence. A qualitative analysis was carried out of the adolescents' feelings, fears and needs, and of the help received, if any. Results:: The main impediments to disclose to a family member were fear of not being believed, shame, and fear of causing trouble to the family. The main impediments for not seeking services were ignorance of the existence/functioning of protective agencies, wish to keep the secret, lack of awareness of being abused, mistrust of adults and professionals, and fear of the consequences of disclosure. When they did disclose to professionals, the teens received very limited support. Conclusion:: Adolescents need to receive proper information about the risk of being sexually abused and about the help they can receive from their social network and protective agencies. There is a crucial need for appropriate training of professionals.
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Identifiers - Location: Italy