July 14, 2024 · University of Virginia

The process of disclosing childhood sexual abuse.

From abstract: "Childhood sexual abuse is not a new problem of the twenty-first century, yet, despite the growing number of researchers dedicated to understanding this phenomena, children continue to suffer in silence at the hands of abusers. Disclosure is often the first opportunity for others to assist an abused child and possibly remove them from an abusive situation. Unfortunately, the majority of victims of childhood sexual abuse delay disclosing, with many victims remaining silent into adulthood.

The purpose of this research study was to explore the disclosure process of survivor's ages 18 to 35 years old with a self-identified history of childhood sexual abuse by an adult acquaintance or family member. Specifically, the goals of this research project were to develop a grounded theory of the disclosure process and to begin to understand how survivors of childhood sexual abuse disclose."
Natalie Murphy McClain
University of Virginia
Barbara J. Parker
Department of Nursing
Date Added November 5, 2016
Date Modifed October 17, 2017
Collection UVA scholarship on sexual violence, 1974-

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