- knowledge about human sexuality, the social-sexual deviant, and traumatic injuries;
- exposure to social-sexual deviance;
- presence of factors that can increase injury risk;
- present day vulnerability to sensory stimulated intrusive memory, and
- cognitive, emotional, social, and sexual injuries.
It is not designed to validate sexual abuse allegations.
Child sexual abuse is a complex process comprising four distinct phases: engagement, grooming, assault, and concealment. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Each phase contributes individually and cumulatively to a child’s abuse interpretation, coping responses during and after the assaults, and post-assault health challenges. (4)
- Sexual deviance motivates all four phases. (2)
- The engagement and concealment phases reflect the molester’s sophistication as a social deviant.
- The grooming and assault phases reveal the molester’s dependence on non-consent to achieve sexual gratification.
- Exposure to deviance predictably injures a healthy human and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the many potential subsequent health challenges (6)
- The most common behaviors molesters acknowledged using to exploit children, and
- The most common ways molesters intended for children to misinterpret the abuse process.
The preliminary observations showed exposure to social-sexual deviance is measurable and the potential disruptions to healthy adjustment are predictable.(7) Further research enabled isolating critical items. These critical items, known as The Emerick Scales are embedded in the Abel Assessment for sexual interests. Read More