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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Jun 2015

A recent study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a specific type of talk therapy dramatically improved trauma symptoms in vulnerable children in Zambia. The results of the study are published in the June 29 issue of JAMA Pediatrics.

The vulnerable children who took part in the study experienced trauma such as sexual and domestic abuse. After therapy was administered, trauma symptom scores (measures of sleep problems, feelings of sadness and the ability to talk about experiences) fell by 82 percent when compared to a group of vulnerable children who were not administered the therapy. 

Amazingly, the administrators who dispensed the talk therapy were not professionals, but were trained lay workers who had no mental health education proving that low-resource countries can benefit from these treatments.

To read the press release, click here.

Major trending news coverage is focusing on child sexual abuse and highlighting just how prevalent and diverse this form of abuse is.

These particular stories support the statistics that we know: Young people under the age of 18 account for half of all child sexual abuse perpetration, as in the case of Duck Dynasty’s Jep Robertson, and child sexual abuse happens to boys as wells as girls.

But is what we're doing about it working? What is the correct course of action to take? NPR’s Miles Bryan did an excellent job pointing out just how easy it can be to be registered, and how difficult it can be to move on

On Point LogoDid you happen to listen to my interview Wednesday, June 3 on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook? The show was dedicated to child sexual abuse prevention and how it relates to three top news stories at the moment: Josh Duggar, Dennis Hastert and Beau Biden’s prosecution of a pediatrician who abused hundreds of his patients.

In case you missed it, you can listen to the podcast here.