ABSTRACT

Evidence indicates that as many as 20 percent of females and 5 to 10 percent of males have been abused sexually (Finkelhor, 1994). Unfortunately, statistics have suggested that children of all ages, socioeconomic statuses, and ethnic and racial groups may be subject to the experience of sexual abuse (Finkelhor, 1993). As a result of their sexual abuse experiences, children are likely to experience a wide variety of symptoms and problematic behaviors (Kendall-Tackett, Williams, & Finkelhor, 1993). Given these factors, child sexual abuse has been identified as a major public health concern (McMahon, 2000). Recently, treatments addressing the symptoms experienced by abuse survivors and the sexually abusive behaviors of perpetrators have been a focus of interest. In an effort to reduce the high incidence of sexual abuse experienced by children and adolescents, researchers (e.g., Renk, Liljequist, Steinberg, Bosco, & Phares, 2002) have called for an increasing focus on prevention.