Sexual abuse and assault in children and teens: Time to prioritize prevention

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Comments on an article by D. Finkelhor et al. (see record [rid]2014-07481-001[/rid]). Finkelhor et al. extend their previous epidemiologic studies of sexual abuse and assault of children using data from three national phone surveys and focusing on information obtained from 15- to 17-year-old adolescents. The authors aimed to provide an estimate of the lifetime prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and assault and to include adolescents through the age of 17 years. Similar studies have examined childhood sexual abuse and assault by questioning adults about their childhood experiences which may have occurred years before. This study questioned 15-, 16-, and 17-year olds about their experiences of sexual abuse and assault to decrease recall bias and to capture a snapshot of the experiences of older teens. The questions about sexual victimization common to the three surveys included reports of a "grown-up" familiar to the teen forcing sexual touching or sex, a "grown-up" stranger forcing sexual touching or sex, a known other child or teen forcing sexual acts or sex (including siblings), and attempts of sexual acts by anyone even if none occurred. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

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Moles, R. L., & Leventhal, J. M. (2014). Sexual abuse and assault in children and teens: Time to prioritize prevention. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55(3), 312–313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.06.009

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