I’m very passionate about helping children and bringing awareness to Child Sex Abuse (CSA) and learning more it’s negative impacts on victims. Below, you will find links to three different websites full of information and facts about CSA and I think you’ll find the last one interesting!
Child Sex Abuse
The American Humane Society (AHS) is an organization that aims to protect children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. On their website there is a variety of articles and tabs about CSA but one in particular, “Child Sex Abuse“, is a page full of information that readers can benefit from. I’m adding this to my reading list because this page answers a lot of common questions like what exactly child sex abuse is and its effects. This page also gives you tips on how to prevent CSA as well as what to look for in a suspect. When the American Humane Society explained what the signs of a CSA victim are they broke it up into age groups. By dividing the victims into age groups you can see that the effects of CSA vary on your age at the time of the incident. This is a great page that a novice can learn a lot from. I believe people need to be more aware about CSA so that we can all know how to prevent this issue from going on.
Child Sex Abuse: Consequences and Implications
Medscape, which is a web resource for physicians and health professionals, has a great article about the negative effects of CSA. “Child Sex Abuse: Consequences and Implications” by Gall Hornor did a great job on informing me about the different behaviors that CSA victims exude. On the second page of this article Hornor goes into detail on how symptoms of ADHD can develop as a result of sexual abuse and children can be misdiagnosed as having ADHD. The symptoms are really a result of trauma because of the abuse. If children aren’t properly treated for sexual abuse then they are at higher risk of having negative long-term effects. Adding this to my reading list allows readers to learn more about the different behaviors CSA victims exhibit.
Inside the Mind of a Pedophile
Neuroanthropology, which is a website that explores the implications of new findings in neurosciences, has an interesting article that goes behind the mind of a pedophile. The article, “Inside the Mind of a Pedophile“, the authors, Michael Cochran and Meghan Cole, did a great job breaking down the mindset of a pedophile. Personally, I don’t believe any sexual predator can be “treated” and I don’t think there is any justification for their actions but this article talks about what pedophilia is, its different categories, what causes it and the way their brain works.
The article starts off by explaining that people tend to think pedophiles are these old creepy looking men but the reality is they look just like normal people and sometimes children know these predators on a personal level. The section, “what causes pedophilia”, Cochran and Cole explain that people are pedophiles because of biological and environmental factors, meaning someone is either born this way or born into it. The most informative aspect about this article is the section about “the role of the brain” because it explains the different aspects as to why people become pedophiles. I thought this was an interesting article and my readers should definitely check it out!
- “Child Sex Abuse.” American Human Society. n.p, 2007. Web 20 Oct 2015.
- Hornor, Gall.”Child Sexual Abuse: Consequences and Implications.” Medscape. WebMD, 2010. Web. 23 Sept 2015.
- Cochran, Michael and Cole, Meghan.”Inside the Mind of a Pedophile.” Neuroanthropology. n.p, 10 May 2010. Web. 20 Oct 2015.
Changes made: added headings, added a brief intrpduction and clearer title.