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Child Sexual Abuse and the Complexities of Gender, Power, and Sexuality.

  • Academic Journal
  • Reddock R; The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
    Reid SD; The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
    Nickenig T; The Health Federation of Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Journal of interpersonal violence [J Interpers Violence] 2022 Jan; Vol. 37 (1-2), pp. NP176-NP208. Date of Electronic Publication: 2020 Apr 29.
  • English
  • This article contributes to the still limited analysis of gender and sexuality in the exploration of HIV infection in the Caribbean. In Trinidad and Tobago, child sexual abuse was identified as a prevalent behavior. This motivated a gendered exploration of the sociocultural factors underlying child sexual abuse and the link with HIV. Using a qualitative action research methodology, researchers sought to understand the patterns of behavior, sociocultural and gendered meanings, and significance of child sexual abuse; to sensitize stakeholders to these issues; and to develop multidisciplinary community-based interventions and policies. This article reports on the analysis of data collected from the interventions carried out as part of the action research methodology, as well as a range of national and community-specific action research activities including ethnographic case studies, national stakeholders meetings, and a study of service providers. It provides a nuanced understanding of the meanings, underlying assumptions, perceptions, and taboos associated with child sexual abuse in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as new ways of understanding child sexual abuse in the Caribbean. Findings showed that the social and gender context for child sexual abuse involves several interconnecting factors located within a framework of gender ideologies and expressions, sexual expectations and behaviors, and social norms based on patriarchal values. These findings would be of significance for the prevention of child sexual abuse and the associated HIV risk in Trinidad and Tobago, and the management of victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse.
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Publisher: Sage Publications Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 8700910 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1552-6518 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 08862605 NLM ISO Abbreviation: J Interpers Violence Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications
Original Publication: [Beverly Hills, CA] : Sage Publications, [c1986-
Keywords: Trinidad and Tobago*; child sexual abuse*; gender and sexuality*; intrafamilial sexual abuse*; sexuality*
Date Created: 20200430 Date Completed: 20211227 Latest Revision: 20211227
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10.1177/0886260520909193
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