James Madison University Chooses New Book On Prevention Of Child Sexual Abuse For Psychology Curriculm

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James Madison University chooses new book by Claire R. Reeves C.C.D.C., author of ChildHood-It Should Not Hurt as part of curriculum

When Hillary Wing-Richards, Director of the Women’s Resource Center and Center for Sexual Assault Prevention at James Madison University, Virginia, heard author Claire R. Reeves C.C.D.C. speak about the child sexual abuse cases documented in her new book, Childhood, It Should Not Hurt, she and her colleagues were inspired. After reading the book, they decided to make the book part of the curriculum for JMU’s Fall 2004 class ‘PSYC 450/530 - Psychology of Child Abuse and Neglect’.

“We chose the book because it presents real-life child sexual abuse cases, and we think it valuable for our psychology and education students to get a contemporary perspective from an expert on the subject”, said Wing-Richards, who is also the course professor and a therapist in private practice. “It’s more reading than we’ve given students in the past, but it is proving to be a tremendous addition to the course. I’m very pleased with the impact.”    

Author Claire Reeves, National President of Mothers Against Sexual Abuse (MASA), is also a therapist, journalist and ad-litem witness for alleged sexual abuse victims. She wrote Childhood, It Should Not Hurt from her 14 years of experience, fighting to prevent child sexual abuse. The book not only highlights cases she has encountered, it also provides guidelines for those attempting to navigate the legal system in attempts to protect allegedly abused children.

“This is a milestone for MASA, and an important amplification of the voice of sexually abused children and the prevention of the crime”, said Reeves. “We sincerely hope that other educational institutions will take note.”    

FACTS:

Mother’s Against Sexual Abuse, a national organization established in California in 1992 by Claire Reeves, is dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse against children.

Child Sexual Abuse is any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or between two minors when one exerts power over the other. It also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism and communicating in a sexual manner by phone or Internet.

· One out three girls and one out of five boys is sexually abused before the age of 18

· 85% of those sexually abused know and trust their abusers

· Only 25% of all Child Sexual Abuse cases are ever reported and of them only 3% result in prosecution

· Child sexual abuse is named as a leading cause of child prostitution and teen suicide

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