Does Race Affect Resiliency in Childhood Sexual Abuse?

This paper reports on three distinct topics which are race, resiliency, and childhood sexual abuse. Cultural norms are identified for five specific cultures along with discussion of effects of acculturation within these races or cultures. Resiliency is defined and protective factors that promote resiliency are identified. Childhood sexual abuse is defined according to Western understanding of sexual abuse along with definition of perpetrators and common side effects of sexual abuse. Lastly each race is broken down to identify how cultural factors affect resiliency after a victim has experienced childhood sexual abuse. Protective factors are identified in helping specific races or cultures with healing from the traumatic experience. This paper answers the question “Does race affect resiliency in childhood sexual abuse?” and the answer appears to be a “yes”.

Jessica Baxter-Jensen
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