Introduction to the Special Issue

Introduction to the Special Issue Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 11, No. 4, 1999 In November 1998 the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) jointly published a report describing a national telephone survey examining violence against women. The report, "Preva- lence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey," was conducted by the Center for Policy Research on 8000 women and 8000 men in November 1995 to May 1996. Sur- vey respondents were asked about physical assault and forcible rape or stalking they had experienced at any time in their life by any type of perpetrator. Findings indicated that rape is primarily a crime of youth; 54% of respondents were 17 or younger at the time of their first rape. NIJ/CDC recommended that research and intervention strategies should focus on rapes perpetrated against children and adolescents. Prevention of sexual assault as a public health issue has been a neglected area. Instead, policy makers have concentrated resources in criminal justice and in child protective services. This issue of the journal concerns itself with prevention as a neglected area of great promise. Readers might assume that prevention Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

Introduction to the Special Issue

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1999 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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