Child Sexual Abuse and South Asian Adult Intimate Relationships

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Chandi, Supreet
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Child sexual abuse (CSA) is when a child is forced into sexual activity they are developmentally unaware of and are unable to give consent. CSA occurs in every country all around the world. In Canada, children who have been sexually abused have a hard time disclosing due to secrecy, fears of reporting and the social consequences. In India, the stigma and shame around the topic exacerbate the issue leading to higher rates of children underreporting. The impact of CSA is severe for the general population and for South Asian women (SA). In the SA community, there are high rates of intrafamilial child sexual abuse (IFCSA). CSA impacts survivors psychologically, physically, and spiritually and negatively impacts how they feel about themselves and the world. Survivors of CSA are more self-critical towards themselves and struggle with healthy communication and expressing emotions. The relational trauma of CSA impacts a child's future intimate relationships. It impacts their ability to trust their partner, feel safe and be sexually open. In SA culture, there are cultural norms and traditional attitudes that foster silencing of sexual coercion. This paper will include in-depth research for each of these topics pertaining to CSA, SA women, and intimate relationships. Lastly, this paper will conclude by creating a framework for a workshop designed to help counsellors and professionals in this field.
South Asian , child sexual abuse , stigma , shame , culture
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