Cultural issues in disclosures of child sexual abuse

J Child Sex Abus. 2010 Sep;19(5):491-518. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2010.512520.


Cultural norms affect the likelihood that child sexual abuse will be discovered by an adult or disclosed by a child. Cultural norms also affect whether abused children's families will report child sexual abuse to authorities. This article explores the ways ethnic and religious culture affect child sexual abuse disclosure and reporting, both in the United States and internationally. Guidelines for culturally sensitive child abuse interviewing are provided to facilitate disclosures of abuse from culturally diverse children in formal settings.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / diagnosis
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / ethnology*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control
  • Child Behavior / ethnology*
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration
  • Child Welfare / ethnology*
  • Communication Barriers
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Disclosure*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Relations / ethnology*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Social Perception
  • United States