Behaviors Developed from Abuse: Internalizing and Externalizing

Experiencing or being exposed to a traumatic event–including abuse, violence, maltreatment, or neglect–can have the potential to cause significant psychological problems. When this is the case, which is fairly common among victims in one way or another, negative psychological sequelae can be considered internalized or externalized. As outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook, this post will examine the prevalence of conditions that fall within one of the two categories of psychological sequelae.Read More »

Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking

“. . . the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.”   -Presidential Proclamation, 2016

Although it seems like human trafficking and sex tourism should not exist in this day and age, it is still a very prevalent issue across the world. In response to Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we want to share an overview on how to identify and respond to human trafficking, which is available in our Child Sexual Exploitation Quick Reference.

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Unique Dynamics and Barriers in Sexual Assault Cases

After the act of assault, around 70% of victims do not go on to report the incident according to RAINN. There are several reasons why victims do not report, many of which are fueled by fear and dismissal. Reasons include fear of not being believed, concern their victimization might be made public, fear of physical repercussions by the perpetrator, fear of re-victimization during legal procedures, and the lack of ability to identify oneself as a victim.Read More »

The Traumatic Nature of Sexual Assault

For sexual assault victims, the amount of time it takes to recover cannot be calculated. Sexual assault affects the victim in different aspects, including physically, mentally, and socially. Some aspects of a person’s character take longer to repair than others. After an assault or any other type of traumatic experience, the victim has to readjust nearly every part of who they are. To better aid victims in the recovery process, it is important to understand the trauma caused by sexual assault and how it is developed.Read More »

How A Child’s Health Is Impacted by Domestic Violence

Children, especially early in their lives, learn their most important lessons from their parents.  However, if they’re learning from parents involved in domestic violence, the outcome can be more damaging than people believe. Many children exposed to domestic violence are affected by its outcome in each stage of life, including adulthood. In this post, we’re going to focus on how children’s health is impacted by domestic violence.Read More »

#WhenIWas Sheds Light on Sexual Harassment of Youth

Thanks to Everyday Sexism, an online project dedicated to collecting real stories of sexism and sexual harassment, both women and men who have experienced sexual harassment or assault have been empowered to expose how early in life many people are faced with these issues.  Using the hashtag #WhenIWas, Twitter users are encouraged to share what age they were when they first encountered sexual harassment or assault.Read More »