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Educator's knowledge of and opinions about child sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.advisor Terre Blanche MJ, Dr en
dc.contributor.advisor Nefale MC, Ms en
dc.contributor.author Ratlhagane KJ en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:54:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:54:12Z
dc.date.created 2001 en
dc.date.submitted 2003 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/141588
dc.description.abstract Sexual abuse of children occurs at a very high rate and most of the victims are young children who have never been taught about the possibility of being abused. Victims of abuse are not equipped with appropriate knowledge and vocabulary to enable them to explain properly when they experience abuse. Acquisition of a vocabulary and understanding of the concepts of sexuality would assist children in recognizing, resisting and reporting sexual abuse. The young age at which abuse occurs makes the study at primary school level important and relevant. There is little literature on how child sexual abuse can be identified, addressed and handled by schools or what unique role the school should play in the management of child sexual abuse cases. Educators are in a position to identify sexually abused children because of their close and ongoing contact with school-going children. Therefore, young children place a great deal of trust in their teachers and look to them for protection when they feel, unsafe. Teachers are trained to observe changes in the appearance and progress of individual children. Therefore, they can also assist in. uncovering and reacting appropriately to disclosures of abuse. The study was conducted in poor, disadvantaged, rural primary schools in a part of the North West Province. There is a limited access to social work services in rural areas and therefore, educators are considered to be appropriate people to educate children about sexual abuse issues because children spend most of their time at school. There is a relationship between educators, parents and children which creates a proper channel of communicating information about sexual abuse of children. That is, educators are in a position not only to educate but also to reinforce what children have learnt at home. Educators' role have been limited in the identification and dealing with sexual abuse cases and therefore, there is a need to empower them with appropriate knowledge an.d skills to enable them to handle sexual abuse cases at school level successfully. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Sex psychology en
dc.title Educator's knowledge of and opinions about child sexual abuse en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA(Psychology) en

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