This open letter to Psychologists by Jessica Eaton contains some quite shocking information about how Child Sexual Exploitation awareness is “taught” and a plea to UK psychologists to become more involved in this field and her campaign to end the use of CSE films in schools . Jessica is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham undertaking a PhD in Forensic Psychology. She has a strong background as a researcher and a writer in the field of sexual violence and mental health.
Child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse has always been a central issue in psychology, with millions of adults reporting that they were sexually abused in childhood (BCS, 2016), a 5.7% conviction rate in sexual violence and a 2 in 3 chance of sexual revictimisation in the lifetime (Eaton, 2017). Many mental health issues, trauma responses, psychosomatic issues, coping mechanisms and experiences are related to early experiences of sexual abuse – our body of evidence is absolutely huge on this topic.
Child sexual exploitation has developed in a strange way – the field, which is dominated by politics, NGOs and statutory services, who have developed and implemented interventions, strategies and services with no evidence base whatsoever. It is extremely rare to find frontline workers who have been taught anything at all about the psychology of sex offending, the psychology of trauma responses, the psychology of abuse and harm – or…
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