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 2
When maltreatment of a child is reported to authorities, legal action may be initiated. Many children, however, do not disclose the abuse, and an official report or legal action does not occur. In response to this delay in disclosure, many courts and legislatures have re-examined the statutes of limitations which apply to child sexual abuse legal actions.
New child abuse statistics for 1993 have been published by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (NCPCA) as part of its annual 50-state survey.
Having a baby is a pivotal event, and one that women tend to remember In fact, women have been shown to accurately remember details of their first births even 20 years later (Simkin, 1992). If a woman has a negative or traumatic birth experience, its impact may be feIt for years. But does a woman's birth experience influence how she interacts with her baby?
When a sexually transmitted infection (STD) is diagnosed in a child, sexual abuse must be considered and evaluated. Although there is no consensus among experts regarding the certainty of abuse when an STD is found, there is less controversy about some STDs than others.
When a child victim has a sexually transmitted disease (SID), prosecutors may become overly confident: surely, with such clear medical evidence, the jury will believe that the child was sexually abused.
Although many children are referred each year for therapy because of sexual abuse, the types of treatment they receive and the beliefs of their therapists have not been studied There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that sexual abuse is a heterogenous phenomenon resulting in a diverse set of outcomes.
In 1984, Margaret Kelly Michaels was hired as a preschool teacher in Maplewood, NJ. Not long after Ms. Michaels left the preschool seven months later, a child made a statement that was interpreted as evidence of possible sexual abuse. A large-scale invesigation followed, and eventually Ms. Michaels was charged with sexually abusing many children at the preschool.
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.