Sexual Assault and Abuse

Sexual Assault and Abuse : Sociocultural Context of Prevention

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Prevention of a chronic societal problem such as sexual victimization requires looking beyond individuals to the systemic factors that maintain the problem. Sexual Assault and Abuse addresses the need to change social and cultural beliefs and practices that permit the sexual victimization of women and children. Potential rapists and victims are viewed within the context of the social and cultural factors that shape sexual behavior. The book discusses rape prevention approaches ranging from changing individuals and groups to changing the social and cultural factors that permit and promote sexual victimization.Research in the social sciences, in education, and in the media documents the promise as well as the problems with efforts to change social and cultural beliefs and practices to create a sexually safe society. Sexual Assault and Abuse integrates recent advances in research on sexual assault and prevention into strategies to prevent sexual victimization, with a focus on the role of sociocultural factors.In Sexual Assault and Abuse, editor Carolyn F. Swift brings together authors who thoughtfully examine the perpetrators and victims of sexual assault/abuse in an effort to change or obliterate sociocultural factors which maintain or promote this behavior. Topics covered include:the sociocultural context of sexual assault/abusethe need to develop multiple-level prevention programsdevelopment of sexually abusive behavior in men and boysthe relationship between pornography and sexual assault/abusethe need for culturally-sensitive prevention programsthe significance of sexual revictimization in the lives of African American womenan ecological approach to the prevention of sexual harassmentutilization of social science research to develop public policy on pornographyuse of public information campaigns to prevent intrafamilial child sexual abuse within Hispanic familiesSexual Assault and Abuse identifies sociocultural risks associated with sexual assault/abuse and explores ways to reduce these risks, from a prevention perspective, for diverse populations. Risks addressed include gender inequities, pornography, worksites hostile to women, previous victimization in African American females, sexist and racist beliefs, and media violence against women. Prevention programs range from interventions to stop the development of sexually abusive behavior in boys and men, through programs that take account of ethnic diversity in language, history, and culture, to those that promote empowerment of women. By addressing the environmental context in which sexual assault occurs, the authors in Sexual Assault and Abuse broaden their focus to incorporate both potential perpetrators and potential victims in an ecological perspective which permits new approaches to prevention. This book is of special interest and value to academics and practitioners of psychology, psychiatry, and social work, therapists and counselors, women’s studies professionals, sociologists, anthropologists, feminists, rape crisis center staff and volunteers, and battered women center staff and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 151.89 x 212.09mm | 367.41g
  • English
  • 1138996084
  • 9781138996083

Table of contents

ContentsForeword Introduction Perpetrator Prevention: Stopping the Development of Sexually Abusive Behavior Pornography and Rape: A Causal Model Social Science and Public Policy: Constraints on the Linkage The Effects of African American Womenâs Sexual Revictimization: Strategies for Prevention Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse in the Hispanic Community: A Prevention Approach Prevention and the Ecology of Sexual Harassment: Creating Empowering Climates Index Reference Notes Includedshow more