- One’s knowledge about social-sexual deviance and subsequent traumatic injuries.
- One’s exposure to social-sexual deviance.
- The presence of factors that can increase traumatic injury risk.
- One’s present day vulnerability to sensory stimulated intrusive memories.
- One’s cognitive, emotional, social and sexual injuries.
Civic Research Institute published the three-part article, “Silent Injuries Among Child Sexual Abuse Professionals” in, Crime Victims Report, Volume 13, Nos. 2, 3, and 4 (May-June 2009; Jul7-Aug 2009; and Sept-Oct 2009) Read Article
- Activating unresolved personal abuse memories or personal biases(7).
- Administrative policies and practices are causing a poor fit between the professional’s expectations and the work environment(8).
- Problematic self-care practices are contributing to health problems.
The language used to describe professionals, whose healthy core is entombed by sequential horizontal traumatic deposits, is akin to the symptom criterion used to diagnose Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Learn More
- Social-sexual deviance is measurable.
- Exposure to social-sexual deviance is toxic.
The Silentinjuries Questionnaire preliminary findings stimulated considerable discussion at Arizona’s First Annual Sexual Assault Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (November, 2000). Notably, the observations showed a CSA professional’s exposure to social-sexual deviance is measurable, the exposure is toxic and predictable best characterizes the subsequent disruptions to their healthy personal and professional adjustment. Today, it is a teaching aid to developing curriculum for child sexual abuse professionals attending Advanced Forensic Interview Training seminars sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children. Since 2000, diverse state, provincial, and national organizations are among the Silentinjuries seminar recipients.
Only a small majority of CSA professionals (54.4%) report they received child sexual abuse training prior to receiving their first case assignment. Among the Silentinjuries™ Questionnaire respondents, this observation is unchanged across time. Professionals beginning their careers ten or more years ago reported receiving specialized training at (55.9%) or about the same rate (58%) as professionals who started their careers within the past twelve months. The most notable exception to this is Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). The later professional grouping sanely provided specialized training to almost 70% of their colleagues prior to assigning a case.
Pre-case assignment training appears to inoculate CSA professionals in two critical ways. One is lowering a professional’s risk to attribute child molesting behavior to factors other than a child sexual interest. A second significant difference is attributing disruptions to adjustment to deviance exposure rather than questioning one’s sensitivity.