Child sexual abuse (CSA) has received considerable national attention, owing, in part, to accumulating evidence as to its prevalence, patterns, severity, and long-term effects (see Finkelhor, 1984). Studies of the incidence of CSA have estimated that more than 80% of the victims are female and that perpetrators are generally known to their victims (Alter-Reid, Gibbs, Lachenmeyer, Sigal, & Massoth, 1986). The short-term and long-term effects of CSA have been documented with increasing regularity (Browne & Finkelhor, 1986; Finkelhor & Browne, 1985; Lusk & Waterman, 1986; Mrazek, 1983). Browne and Finkelhor (1986) have conceptualized the traumatic impact of CSA in terms of a broad range of physical and psychopathological symptoms that reflect traumatic sexualization, betrayal, stigmatization, and powerlessness.
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