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Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 387–402 | Cite as

Child sexual abuse: An undermining of the polis

  • Thomas J. Hoffman
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Abstract

This paper explores the sexual abuse literature and the political participation literature for possible linkages. Research on political participation indicates low levels of political trust and damaged self-esteem have important impacts on style and level of political involvement. The literature on child sexual abuse indicates potential root causes for lowered trust and self-esteem which have implications for adult participation in the civic arena. Sexual abuse has negative effects on individual victims and also undermines the foundations of democratic societies.

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Abuse politics sex 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Hoffman
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  1. 1.Dept. of Political ScienceSt. Mary's UniversitySan Antonio

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