This invited article, one of several comprising part of a special issue of Child Abuse and Neglect focused on child trafficking and health, describes the Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program (RIP), a Minneapolis-St. Paul based program dedicated to supporting youth aged 12–17 who have run away and experienced sexual violence, including sexual assault and exploitation. It [...]
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September article: Factors associated with the likelihood of disclosing child sexual abuse prior to and during a forensic interview
Many child sexual abuse (CSA) survivors delay or withhold disclosure of their abuse, even when presenting for formal investigation interviews. This study examined factors that relate to the CSA disclosure process. Participants were CSA victims (N = 1,732) presenting to a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for a forensic interview. Findings included that youth were less [...]
This October 2019 report, created by participants of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's Working Group on Child Online Safety, addresses what a safer online environment looks like, the state of children online today, opportunities to improve, and threats and the threat environment. The WG was tasked with creating a report that would bring together [...]
Childhood maltreatment poses a risk factor for adult sexual aggression among men (including frotteurism, coercion, and rape). This study examined links between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and sexual aggression among 489 adult males, finding stronger links between CSA and sexual aggression indicators than those found for non-sexual abuse (physical abuse, exposure to domestic violence, bullying, [...]
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This presentation by Roger Canaff, a child abuse attorney and consultant based in New York, focuses on child sexual abuse that occurs in institutional settings, including the Catholic church and in sports organizations, such as the Michigan State University case involving USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser.
This presentation by Dr. Shabina Ahmed, a fellow of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and founder of the Assam Autism Foundation, focuses on prevention strategies and protective factors for the abuse of disabled children. This presentation was part of the ISPCAN webinar series. You can find a link to the recording here: https://www.ispcan.org/learn/online-resources/.
July article: Post-trafficking stressors: The influence of hopes, fears and expectations on the mental health of young trafficking survivors in the Greater Mekong Sub-region
Human trafficking and labor exploitation are prevalent in Southeast Asia and have substantial health consequences for children and adolescents. This study interviewed more than 500 children and adolescents (10-19 years old) who attended post-trafficking services between 2010-2013 in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, to examine post-trafficking concerns and hopes for the future with mental health outcomes, [...]
The annual Trafficking in Persons report from the U.S. Department of State measures nearly 200 nations on their success in fighting human trafficking within their own borders, based on practices established in the latest versions of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), and the international 2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish [...]