Child sexual abuse

A. Cotgrove, I. Kolvin

Hospital Update 1996; 401-406

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Reprinted from Hospital Update, September 1996, A. Cotgrove, I. Kolvin, "Child sexual abuse", pp. 401-406, Copyright ©Elsevier (1996).


Society has often chosen to ignore the socially taboo subject of child sexual abuse (CSA). Disclosure of abuse have been met with skepticism or disbelief in line with Freud's contention that his neurotic patients's recollections of early sexual experiences might have been based on fantasy rather than on reality. More recently there has been increasing concern to identify and protect the victims of sexual abuse.

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