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So far Heather Hein has created 51 blog entries.

January article: An Exploration of Child Welfare Caseworkers’ Experience of Secondary Trauma and Strategies for Coping

The use of coping strategies can protect against the detrimental effects of many work-related stressors. Given the stressful nature of casework with traumatized children and families, there is a need to better understand how to prevent the experience of secondary trauma. The goal of this study is to examine child welfare caseworkers' experience of secondary [...]

January article: An Exploration of Child Welfare Caseworkers’ Experience of Secondary Trauma and Strategies for Coping2020-01-27T11:27:58-07:00

December article: Recognizing the Child’s Right to Protection from Physical Violence: An Update on Progress and a Call to Action

For centuries, some level of physical violence against children has been normalized, prescribed and legally justified. It has long been argued that violence is not abusive if it is intended as punishment and does not injure the child physically. This proposition has heavily influenced our language, research methods, and approaches to intervention with the effect [...]

December article: Recognizing the Child’s Right to Protection from Physical Violence: An Update on Progress and a Call to Action2019-12-02T14:26:41-07:00

November article: CAC Intervention with Sibling Sexual Abuse Cases: Cross-Cultural Comparison

Sibling sexual abuse (SSA), despite being a complex phenomenon with potentially significant consequences for all involved, has not received sufficient empirical and clinical attention, and practitioners are therefore often left to cope without appropriate guidance. This study compared staff perspectives and experiences of working with SSA cases across two Child Advocacy Centers (CACs)--one in the [...]

November article: CAC Intervention with Sibling Sexual Abuse Cases: Cross-Cultural Comparison2019-12-02T14:06:06-07:00

October article: The Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program

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 [...]

October article: The Minnesota Runaway Intervention Program2019-10-23T14:06:11-06:00

September article: Factors Associated with the Likelihood of Disclosing CSA 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 [...]

September article: Factors Associated with the Likelihood of Disclosing CSA Prior to and During a Forensic Interview2019-12-02T14:08:20-07:00

Child Online Safety: Minimizing the Risk of Violence, Abuse, and Exploitation Online

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 [...]

Child Online Safety: Minimizing the Risk of Violence, Abuse, and Exploitation Online2019-10-03T11:55:33-06:00

August article: Revisiting the link between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual aggression

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, [...]

August article: Revisiting the link between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual aggression2019-08-27T15:59:54-06:00

The Institution: Child Sexual Abuse and Victim Blaming

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.  

The Institution: Child Sexual Abuse and Victim Blaming2019-07-15T12:14:08-06:00