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(p. 187) Students Affected by Sexual Abuse 

(p. 187) Students Affected by Sexual Abuse
(p. 187) Students Affected by Sexual Abuse

Delphine Collin-Vézina

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date: 07 July 2020

This chapter offers a wide overview of the most prominent findings regarding child sexual abuse (CSA), and suggestions for providing support and intervening appropriately in schools. Studies show that one out of 8 adults was sexually abused during childhood or teenage years, which confirms that CSA is a widespread type of maltreatment. CSA is a substantial risk factor in the development of a host of short and long-term negative consequences, including school-related problems and mental health difficulties. Intervention strategies are now well established in the field, along with school-based prevention programs that have been shown to be effective in increasing student’s knowledge on CSA and self-protection skills, although there is little evidence that primary prevention programs do prevent CSA from occurring in the first place. This chapter will highlight research findings that speak to teachers’ knowledge and perceived ability to intervene among CSA victims, and to the disclosure processes in the context of school settings. For a more comprehensive understanding of child maltreatment and the range of educational supports, readers are encouraged to also review Chapters 14 (neglect) and 15 (physical and emotional abuse).

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