2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 5, No.
Practice Tips: Dealing with Sexual
Be aware of your own personal reactions towards victims,
perpetrators, and the families.
Have a solid grasp of how and why sexual abuse happens,
typical effects of abuse on children, and the child behavior and relationship
problems caused by sexual abuse.
Remember that children who have been sexually abused
are not all alike, and so will not benefit from a "one-size-fits-all"
approach to treatment.
Build rapport with the child while conducting your
Develop and maintain your knowledge of the treatment
options available in your community and in the state.
Realize that the sexual abuse children have experienced
is not their total existence: there are other parts of their lives
as well. They do not want to focus exclusively on the abuse.
© 2000 Jordan Institute for Families