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Children Sexual Abuse and the Child Protection System Summary From this paper we can see a variety of issues in the form of how child abuse accusations are handled within the child protection system The paper looked at three European countries and the victims that were interviewed all shared the same opinions Although most of the children involved in these two research projects were teenagers many of them spoke about the abuse occurring pre-adolescent and of their feelings All the children were in agreement that the abuse is not the minority The majority of the children wanted revenge on their attackers in a very aggressive way An example of this is a 16-year-old male who said No a more painful death I think with a bullet they dont know it Stab straight up the body like theyve done to us Why should they get of so easy As we can see from this quotation the male is very angry with his attacker and wants him to go through the same pain and torture which he has had to suffer from The children felt that the protection act didnt see through the Childs perspective This then resulted in the children having a complete lack of trust with the system Some of the children described what they felt like when being interviewed by the police after the attack A 14-year-old female says The police kept on saying big words And I was only little theyd say sexual abuse and I didnt understand what they meant This way of approaching the child is obviously not particularly successful as the child fails to understand all the words that the police are saying to her which could leave the child feeling confused scared and guilty Another child a 16 year-old male says At the police station there were too many adults and policeman and they were
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