As an introduction to the research topic, the paper provides an overview of the previous psychological literature in the area of child trauma, and specifically extrafamilial child sexual abuse. The psychological sequelae of childhood trauma, particularly in the latency period, and the significance of maternal reactions for the victim's psychological adjustment will be explored. The effects of prejudicial societal attitudes and rape myths on victims of this trauma comprise an important aspect of this discussion.
Theoretical and Therapeutic Aspects of Extrafamilial Child Rape in the South African Context
Sharon Lewis is a former Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.