National Children's Advocacy Center

Webinar - Declining Rates of Child Sexual Abuse and What This Really Means

The past two decades have witnessed some rather remarkable declines in the number of child physical and sexual abuse cases, but not neglect cases, entering child welfare in the United States. Declines on the order of 50% or more have been found. These declines have been observed across child welfare data, law enforcement data, and in population based surveys. The ostensibly good news has sometimes been met with mixed reactions from practitioners and advocates who may see a disconnect between the data and their daily work experiences or who may be concerned that declining abuse rates could lead to corresponding declines in funding or momentum for addressing child maltreatment. Child abuse advocacy has for decades been premised on a collective narrative that the problem is at crisis levels and getting worse. This webinar explores some possible reasons for a disconnect between data and practice experience and what the changes in rates might suggest for future child welfare, provider, and CAC services. Also discussed are alternative advocacy narratives that might be more congruent with the data.

Presenters: Mark Chaffin, PhD and Lisa Jones, PhD

Dr. Chaffin is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where he directs research at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr. Jones is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology and faculty at the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) at the University of New Hampshire

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2009-CI-FX-K010 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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