By Kathleen Coulborn Faller (auth.)
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1% Total, cols. 3% Total, cols. 6% As can be seen from the table, about one-third are rated very or somewhat independent, whereas about two-thirds are rated somewhat or very dependent. Thus, taken as a whole, mothers of sexual abuse victims are a dependent lot. F. Maternal Protectiveness Another very important factor in predicting case outcome is how protective the mother's response was when she came to know about the sexual abuse (see chapter 10). Protective responses include calling Protective Services or the police, leaving the house with the children or making the perpetrator leave, initiating divorce proceedings, placing the child where the alleged perpetrator cannot have access, and insisting the perpetrator get treatment.
Because he feels impotent in these arenas, he will strive for potency in encounters with the child. VI. PREVALENCE AND INCIDENCE RATES Sexual abuse is difficult hfunan behavior to study. It is behavior that is taboo and usually enacted in secrecy. Both victims and offenders are loath to report occurrences. It is very likely that only a small percentage of cases come to professional attention. There are two major sources of data regarding prevalence and incidence: retrospective studies of adults concerning their experiences of victimization as children and cases reported annually to the child protection system which has a central data bank.
The rating of protectiveness was based upon the mother's behavior from the time of discovery of the sexual abuse until our clinical evaluation of the family was complete. 27 indicates the distribution of maternal responses. 6% Total, cols. 0% Total, cols. 3% The picture provided by the data is quite symmetrical. Close to one-third of the mothers were either very protective or very unprotective. Similarly about a fifth were somewhat protective and somewhat unprotective, respectively, and a small percentage of mothers could be identified as switching loyalties from daughter to perpetrator.