Racism and child sexual abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a report examining child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities. IICSA carried out 11 focus groups across England and Wales with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and members of the public with no experience of abuse. Findings include: cultural stereotypes and racism can lead to failures on the part of institutions and professionals to identify and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse; shame and stigma around child sexual abuse lead to a ‘code of silence’ within communities; and the way child sexual abuse is seen and responded to is linked with expectations about gender within ethnic minority communities.
Read the news story: New Inquiry research finds that racism and cultural stereotypes impact institutional response to child sexual abuse
Read the report: “People don’t talk about it”: child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities

 

Source: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

Date: 25 June 2020

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