The long-term effects of child sexual abuse

The long-term effects of child sexual abuse

Judith Cashmore

Longer-term impact of child sexual abuse indicates that some victim/survivors may experience a range of negative consequences for mental health.

This webinar was held on 5 August 2013, and was presented by Judith Cashmore .

The research on the longer-term impact of child sexual abuse indicates that victim/survivors may experience a range of negative consequences for mental health and adjustment in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Not all victim/survivors will experience these difficulties—family support and strong peer relationships appear to be important in mediating the impact of abuse.

Teasing out the effects of child sexual abuse is complex and may be complicated by other adverse experiences in childhood and adulthood (including being victimised again).

Aspects of the abuse, including:

  • the relationship with the perpetrator and the betrayal of trust;
  • the age and gender of the child;
  • the particular form of abuse; and
  • others’ reactions to and handling of any disclosures

also appear to be important factors.

 

 

About the presenters

Judith Cashmore

Associate Professor Judith Cashmore AO has a PhD in developmental psychology and a Masters degree in education. Her research concerns children's involvement in civil and criminal proceedings and other processes in which decisions are made about children's lives. The special focus of this research has been on children's experience and perceptions of the process and the implications for social policy. She has worked as a consultant to various government agencies and been involved in numerous state and federal government committees concerning children and families. Judy has been an appointed Member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales since 2004 and is Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University. She and her colleague and co-researcher, Professor Patrick Parkinson AM, have been jointly awarded the 2013 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) for outstanding research and/or research achievements in the field of family and divorce.

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