An Integrated Systems Model for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Perspectives from the Caribbean


She was nine when he first raped her, though he wasn’t the first to try. Of her four brothers, two had tried but this brother, older by a decade, succeeded. And so it went on and on, raped by him repeatedly for years. Though she was the only girl in the family, she did not have the support she might have expected from her mother. Mummy was simply swamped by the dominance of males in the household, by their incessant demands and expectations and by her own economic dependence, which kept her trapped in subservience. Protecting Amber was too much a call on any leftover strength she might have had. Becoming mute, deaf, unseeing and unfeeling was, she believed, the only option she had for getting through each day. She could not hear Amber’s story or feel Amber’s pain.


Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Sexual Violence Sexual Exploitation Human Trafficking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Childhood StudiesUniversity of HuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.Organizational Psychologist and Freelance ConsultantBarbados
  3. 3.The University of the West IndiesTrinidad and Tobago
  4. 4.The Sweet Water ToundationGrenada

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