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Date of Graduation

Summer 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Anne Stewart

Lennis G. Echterling

Jack Presbury


This paper describes the problem of child sexual abuse (CSA), including the prevalence, associated outcomes for survivors, and the importance of prevention in addition to treatment. The author reviews the current literature on three types of child sexual abuse prevention programs: criminal justice initiatives, educational programs for children, and community-based programs. The author examines a public dialogue approach that aims to engage adults in the prevention of child sexual abuse. An analysis of one dialogue project is provided, including the history of the panel and evaluation information. The author discusses the value of the project in terms of both prevention and healing, drawing on qualitative feedback from the panel members. Finally, theoretical and clinical implications for counselors are discussed, including recommendations for integrating CSA prevention into practice and professional identity.

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