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This publication presents a anxious account of the truth of kid abuse. in line with information from 152 international locations, Einar Helander considers the actual, societal, monetary and judicial effects of kid abuse, offering a common, community-based prevention programme.

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Chapter 3 will provide a short historical background. 2 Definitions, Materials and Methods Definitions of violence and related behaviours The definition of violence in this book is that of article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: ‘all forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse’. The following detailed definitions are by WHO (2002) and represent the international consensus for their use: • Child sexual abuse (CSA) as the involvement of a child in sexual activity that he or she does not fully comprehend, is unable to give informed consent to, or for which the child is not developmentally prepared and cannot give consent, or that violates the laws or social taboos of society.

The average duration of the abusive acts was twenty-two months. Five children were drugged at the time of victimization, two were too young to understand what happened, but twenty-three were old enough and fully capable of describing the crime in detail. None of them spontaneously told anybody. These factors influence the prevalence estimates in child violence surveys. Most experts agree that over-reporting of sexual abuse in developing countries is very uncommon, because of the resulting stigmatization.

If the purpose of the surveys is to identify health and social problems in order to design interventions, these groups should not be excluded. One conclusion in this book is that every other person now living has been a victim of childhood violence. In most surveys, comparisons are Definitions, Materials and Methods 27 made between a group of victims and a control group of non-victims. As denial of childhood abuse is so common, there is a risk that control groups may be ‘contaminated’ and include persons with undeclared, hidden adverse childhood experiences.

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