Sexual Trauma Inventory

Sexual Trauma Inventory
Sexual Trauma Inventory
The Sexual Trauma Inventory clarifies social-sexual adjustment challenges due to childhood exposure to social-sexual deviance.  There are three versions: child, adolescent or adult.   The five broad categories that comprise the 300-item inventory are:

  1. knowledge about human sexuality, the social-sexual deviant, and traumatic injuries;
  2. exposure to social-sexual deviance;
  3. presence of factors that can increase injury risk;
  4. present day vulnerability to sensory stimulated intrusive memory, and
  5. cognitive, emotional, social, and sexual injuries.

It is not designed to validate sexual abuse allegations.

Theoretical Underpinnings
Social-sexual deviance is the core feature to criminal sexual behavior. Dishonesty is the deviant’s core social feature and subsequently, the bedrock to his/her relationships. Non-consent is the core sexual feature and subsequently, the thread which unifies the seemingly unrelated and diverse situations a deviant may use to satisfy his/her abusive cravings.
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)

  1. Sexual deviance motivates all four phases. (2)
  2. The engagement and concealment phases reflect the molester’s sophistication as a social deviant.
  3. The grooming and assault phases reveal the molester’s dependence on non-consent to achieve sexual gratification.
  4. Exposure to deviance predictably injures a healthy human and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the many potential subsequent health challenges (6)
Item Development
Completed Alternatives to Sexual Misbehavior (3) treatment assignments by admitting adolescent and adult child molesters (N = 500) were analyzed to develop items for two content areas.

  1. The most common behaviors molesters acknowledged using to exploit children, and
  2. 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

Reliable Deviance Education
The Silentinjuries™ research consistently demonstrates age appropriate, accurate information regarding human sexuality, social-sexual deviance and traumatic injuries can inoculate against severe injuries linked to silently harboring maltreatment.  For people already exposed to social-sexual deviance, securing reliable deviance education empowers one to ACT NOW Learn More

  1. Mayo Clinic  Learn More
  2. Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute Learn More
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