Discuss the rates at which boys and girls under the age of 18 are sexually abused

Out of Darkness, Into Light

1. Discuss the rates at which boys and girls under the age of 18 are sexually abused.
What are some common characteristics of perpetrators of childhood sexual
2. What is sexual abuse “really” about?
3. Discuss what is known as the “grooming” process?
4. Teachers and therapists tend to confuse symptoms experienced by traumatized
children with other behaviors and/or disorders seen in the classroom. Please list
at least two of these and describe similarities and/or differences.
5. Although survivors of sexual abuse all respond to their experiences differently,
there are 3 common responses. They are sexual behavior, internalized behavior
and externalized behavior. Specify which type is seen most often in girls and
which is seen most often in boys, and list at least 2 examples of each type of
6. Describe the types of coping skills that traumatized children lack.
7. What are some reasons children are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse?
8. Sexual abuse is one type of trauma that some children and adolescents
experience. What are some of the short-term repercussions of this trauma
and/or not forming an early healthy bond with caregivers or people children think
they can trust?
9. Childhood sexual abuse also has long-term repercussions that last well into
adulthood. List and discuss at least two of these.
10. Discuss at least two appropriate and effective interventions that may be used
when working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. What are a social
worker’s ethical responsibilities in working with survivors?