Recognizing the Power of Deficit Ideology in Shaping Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse

Janis Evelyn Rezek, Emily Kathleen Coen, Barbara Recknagel
2015 International Journal of Social Science Studies  
This paper is reflective and deals with how societies view child sexual abuse through different cultural lenses. The deficits we subconsciously hold can impact, not only our personal views, but our teaching and our treatment methodologies. The purpose is to initiate discussion that will encourage more research on this subject. The objective is to enable practitioners to better recognize the psychological trauma accentuated by violence and sexual abuse and thus allow for better designed
more » ... r designed treatment programs. Central to this exploration is the concept of deficit ideology. The importance of understanding structural, cultural, and perhaps religious differences that shape ideas about child sexual abuse is stressed. The street children were in the midst of a social class struggle and the attitudes toward them were mainly directed toward their families (Aptekar, 1994) . There was a stark difference in internal family relations and child rearing in
doi:10.11114/ijsss.v3i6.1098 fatcat:dqjit44axng2vh2mrppsud7hgu