This annual report (also called the TIP Report), issued by the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, ranks governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking. The report divides nations into tiers (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watchlist, and Tier 3) based on their compliance with standards outlined [...]
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This 2018 report, by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition established in 2009 to monitor the UK’s implementation of European anti-trafficking legislation, examined the action taken in the UK since 2012 related to the prevention of human trafficking. Despite significant development in efforts to tackle the problem, the report finds that: The UK continues [...]
The 2018 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons is the fourth of its kind mandated by the General Assembly through the 2010 United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. It covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based [...]
When child sexual abuse (CSA) is not disclosed, children run the risk of being subjected to longer or repeated abuse, not receiving necessary treatment, and being re-victimized. This study examines what adults exposed to child sexual abuse in hindsight evaluate as important for disclosure. The aim was to explore exposed own experiences of steps towards [...]
Identification, substantiation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse often rely heavily on a disclosure from the victim in the absence of corroborating evidence. For some, disclosure can be impeded by developmental or motivational barriers, which compromises child safety and well-being. This study examines available research on the prevalence of sexual abuse disclosure in forensic [...]
This article by renowned researcher David Finklehor argues that it is still premature to start widespread screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACE) in health care settings until we have answers to several important questions: 1) what are the effective interventions and responses we need to have in place to offer to those with positive ACE screening, [...]
October article: A longitudinal perspective on male victims of child sexual abuse in South Africa and adult mental health
In this study, Richter, Mathews, Nonterah, and Masilela examined childhood sexual abuse of boys in a longitudinal cohort in South Africa, with data on abuse collected at six age points between 11 and 18 years. Potential personal and social vulnerability of male sexual abuse victims was explored and mental health outcomes of sexually abused boys [...]
September article: Impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on adult alcohol consumption behaviors
Long-term negative physical and mental health problems occur from a lack of appropriate interventions targeting the adult population who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and partake in risky alcohol consumption behaviors. This study aimed to identify the risk for alcohol consumption behaviors, specifically binge drinking (BD) and any drinking (AD), among adults with a history [...]
New August article: From mother to child: Maternal betrayal trauma and risk for maltreatment and psychopathology in the next generation
Abstract: This study by Rebecca L. Babcock Fenerci and Brian Allen investigated whether experiences of high betrayal trauma (BT; maltreatment by a parent/caregiver) during mothers' own childhoods may influence the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment and its associated psychopathology from mothers to their children. A prospective, longitudinal design was utilized to assess maternal physical and sexual betrayal trauma in relation to [...]
New July article: Exploring detection of contact vs. fantasy online sexual offenders in chats with minors
Abstract: This study by Ming MingChiu, Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, and Tatiana R. Ringenberg is the first to identify content differences between youths’ online chats with contact child sex offenders (CCSOs; seek to meet with youths) and those with fantasy child sex offenders (FCSOs; do not meet with youths) using statistical discourse analysis (SDA). In this study, we examined 36,029 words in [...]