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The child sexual abuse epidemic in Addis Ababa: Some reflections on reported incidents, psychosocial consequences and implications

Show simple item record Jemal, J. 2014-12-17T17:17:27Z 2014-12-17T17:17:27Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Jemal, J. (2012). The child sexual abuse epidemic in Addis Ababa: some reflections on reported incidents, psychosocial consequences and implications. Ethiopian journal of health sciences, 22(1), 59-66. en_US
dc.description.abstract Though child sexual abuse is a universal phenomenon, only reported cases of the incidence are common source of information to get insight on how to understand the problem. Besides, investigating complaints presented by victims themselves would be a stepping stone for designing prevention and rehabilitation programs. The objective of this study was to identify the nature of sexual incidence and experience victims face. The research was conducted by collecting reported child sexual abuse cases from Child Protection Units of Addis Ababa Police Commission and three selected non-governmental organizations working for the welfare of sexually abused children in Addis Ababa. 64 selected samples of victim children were included from the three organizations. They completed a semi-structured questionnaire and data were analyzed. Of the total reported crime cases committed against children (between July 2005 and December 2006), 23% of them were child sexual victimization. On average, 21 children were reported to be sexually abused each month where majority of the sexual abuse incidence were committed against female children in their own home by someone they closely know. The psychological trauma and physical complaints presented by victims include symptoms of anxiety and depression. It was found out that child sexual abuse cases presented to the legal office was not properly managed. Female children appear to be more prone to sexual abuse than their male counterparts. By virtue of their nature, many children are at risk of sexual victimization by people they truest. Based on the findings, several implications are made, which includes the importance of nationwide study to formulate a comprehensive policy guideline for protection and criminalization of child sexual abuse in Ethiopia. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Ethiopian journal of health sciences en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject Ethiopia en_US
dc.subject psychological consequences en_US
dc.subject crime en_US
dc.subject Addis Adaba en_US
dc.subject child protection en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.title The child sexual abuse epidemic in Addis Ababa: Some reflections on reported incidents, psychosocial consequences and implications en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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