ABSTRACT

Social workers see clients embedded in context. When considering the provision of treatment by social workers for adolescents affected by sexual victimization, many contextual issues come to mind. What type of abuse, perpetrated by whom, with what effect? When did it happen, recently or when the teen was much younger? What was the teen’s life before the abuse? What coping skills were already available? What was the disclosure process like? Was she or he believed? Who is providing emotional support? These are the issues of assessment.