The impact of child sexual abuse on victims' adjustment

  title={The impact of child sexual abuse on victims' adjustment},
  author={Antonietta Caffaro-Rouget and Reuben A. Lang and Virginia Santen},
  journal={Annals of sex research},
Two hundred and forty sexual abuse victims under 18 years of age were compared to 57 nonabused children on indices reflecting school, social, and behavioral adjustment, sexual conduct, and family dynamics. The average victim age was 8.47 years; most were female (91%). The majority of perpetrators were family members (65%). Only 8.7 percent of child sexual abusers were total strangers. A 35% rise in behavioral symptomatology was noted for the sexually abused children following the onset of their… 

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