Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach

Summary:
This article addresses child sexual abuse and the environmental factors that lead to such acts of violence. The authors and research suggests a “Primary Prevention” approach that works to change the environment, instead of focusing on the individual after the abuse has occurred. With environmental factors shaping this problem such as “economic inequalities, sexism, media, and marketing practices,” the factors that lead to sexual abuse have become a social norm in our society. Although this article does not specifically speak to sex trafficking, it is speculated that many victims of sex trafficking begin as a child. This is an extreme form of child sexual abuse, and this article is helpful in explaining what a preventative approach could look like.

Bibliography:
Lyles, Annie, Larry Cohen and Margot Brown. 2009. Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach. Oakland, CA: Prevention Institute. Retrieved May 30, 2012 (http://www.preventioninstitute.org/component/jlibrary/article/id-31/127.html).

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