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Childhood sexual abuse is far too prevalent within our society Child abuse in general as well as sexual abuse is growing every year MacLennon 1993 states that 140000 cases were reported in the year of 1986 and according to Alexander 1989 about 25 of all women report a history of sexual child abuse Statistics show that sexual child abuse occurs more frequently among females 7 - 13 years of age compared to males and that 85 of abuse occurs within the home MacLennon 1993 Such crimes demand attention not only from society but from a psychological therapeutic standpoint as well In order to foster a treatment to aid those suffering any maladaptive behavior evoked from these experiences a number of variables need to be considered Finkelhor 1995 states Sexual abuse like many other problems of childhood does not occur in a vacuum A variety of other individual family and community problems tend to accompany sexual abuse The system of family communication socio-economic status and marital discord are just a few external problems that can contribute to and magnify the effect of the actual act of sexual abuse It has been proven that therapeutic intervention facilitates childrens recovery Alexander 1989 Thus far therapy to treat such a phenomenon has usually been through group therapy yet a wide range of other therapies have been utilized as well Individual therapy which focuses on the victim family therapy which centers around helping family members cope and aid in support of the victim and play therapy for those victims that are too young to express themselves verbally are a few However the only consensus concerning which treatment works best is that any form of therapy is better than no therapy at all No therapist can predict the exact experiences encountered by each individual victim of sexual abuse Given such a wide range of variables that are correlated with sexual abuse and the lack of clear support
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