Multi-victim sexual assault : a case study in rural Australia

Clapton, S., Lonne, R. L., & Theunissen, C. A. G. (1999) Multi-victim sexual assault : a case study in rural Australia. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23(4), 395-404 .

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Objective: There is a paucity of information regarding cases of multi-victim sexual assault of children. The reported incidence suggests that these cases are rare. The aim of this paper is to provide practitioners with information about effective intervention strategies arising out of the direct experience of managing a case of multi-victim sexual assault in an Australian rural community. ---------

Method: A descriptive, case-report methodology summarizing the investigation and intervention in a case of multi-victim sexual assault is reported. A community based intervention arising out of the disclosures of 21 male children is described. The intervention occurred at an individual, group, and community level using a coordinated multi-disciplinary team and natural helping networks. ----------

Results: The coordination of police and welfare services increased the communication flow to victims, their families, and the community. The case also demonstrated the utility in regularly briefing political and bureaucratic authorities as well as local officials about emergent issues. Coordinating political and bureaucratic responses was essential in obtaining ongoing support and sufficient researching to enable the effective delivery of services. ----------

Conclusions: Interventions were focused at an individual, group, and community level using a coordinated multi-disciplinary team and natural helping networks. This provided a choice of services which were sensitive to the case setting. Recommendations are offered for practitioners who are confronted with similar events. While this paper describes an approach for intervening in a case of multi-victim sexual assault, further empirical research is needed to enable service deliverers to efficaciously target interventions which offer choice to victims and their families.

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ID Code: 26636
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Multivictim, Sexual abuse, Rural welfare, Interventions
DOI: 10.1016/S0145-2134(99)00008-3
ISSN: 0145-2134
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2010 03:35
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:50

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