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INCEST/CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE Difficulty of talking about this issue--want to stress knowing about it as a step in the healing process (persoanlly and socially) I. Statistics: difficulty of finding out the frequency; some of this has to do with reluctance to admit it to a researcher, sourses of data, or definitions tat researchers use as tyo what counts as incest. Some stats will vary depending on the study--average is 25%, some as high as 38%, some as low as 12%--still pervasive, and if it hapeens at all with any regulaity it is too much. I belive we are just uncovering the tip of the iceberg with the focus on it incresing over the past 5-10 years or so. Sometimes I will talk about childhood sexual assault, sometimes about incest (incest is with family memebers.) Statictics: Frequency: 1/4 women (incest): [males lower frequency, but it still occurs] Sex of child: 93% female, 7% male (for incest alone (95% f, 5% m) Age of child: 2-18 yrs (can occur in infancy) Relation to offender: 75% known, 25% stranger; incest: 82% father/stepfather/boyfriend, 18% uncles, other male fam. members. Sex of Offender: 99% male, 1% female Age of onset: 81% 12 and under, 19% over 12, most common 6-8 Duration: 13% occur once, 20% 6 months; 67% last over one year 3-4 times the number od cases may go unreported. Results: sequalae 70% of female prostitutes were sexually assaulted by family members as children 70% of drug dependant children . . One of the thre primary reasons children run away is incest Intergenerational? 11% of mothers were incest victims 1/3 perpetrators wre molested or saw this as a model, the great majority were physically abused This however does not account for why it occurs in families where the pattern was not previously present, it may suggest that if it's not dealt with well it could continue genrationally. I will focus on the experiences of women, because it happens primarily to women, but also because although many of the traumas are the same for both sexes, the significane of incest takes on a whole new meaning in the light of a sexist soiciety where women are powerless. This is not to say it's worse for boys or worse for girls, but different, in some profound ways. I'll return to this later. II.Definitions: what counts as incest depends on whose perspective you take (police, social workers, family, the person experiencing it etc.) Feminists have advocated the position that if it feels uncomfortable, bad, or wrong it is incest--even if it's "not as serious." Incest:
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2010 for the course WS 187 taught by Professor West during the Spring '10 term at University of Jyväskylä.

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