The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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1994 Number 1
The term "ritual abuse" is applied to acts that subject children to sadistic and terrorizing physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.
Professionals working in the field of child sexual abuse (including CPS workers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, physicians, and mental health professionals) share the common goal of protecting children. However, we all face the professional and scientific limitations of our disciplines.
Child sexual abuse is tragic and common (Finkelhor, 1994) In most cases there is no medical evidence of abuse, and the child is the only eyewitness (Bays & Chadwick, 1993) It often happens, therefore, that the child's word is the only proof But is the word of a young child - perhaps only three or four years old - worthy of belief?
What was once considered simply a cheap legal maneuver of attacking the interviewer because attacking the child might offend juries, is now, given some of the data on suggestibility, a legitimate and fair concern.
How significant is the problem of juvenile prostitution in this country? In this regard, it is similar to other forms of child maltreatment: nobody knows for sure. National estimates range from 300,000 to as high as 600,000. If the problem is truly this large, we must ask the following questions: Why don't we hear more about it? Where are these children? Whose responsibility are they? What should be done with them?
In our culture, we have such pretty images of life with a new baby, The mothers are attractive and well-rested; the babies are either smiling or sleeping. And, of course, the house is spotless Yet professionals who work with new mothers recognize that the postpartum period can be very stressful.
Until we published "Harmful genital care practices: A type of child abuse" (Herman- Giddens and Berson, 1989), the literature had not addressed harmful genital "hygienic" care by parents or caregivers.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.