Volume VI, 2007
Dr. Christopher Leone, LouAnne B. Hawkins
Child sexual abuse is an escalating problem involving both young males and young females. Stories of child sexual abuse and adult-child sexual relationships are on the news almost nightly. One of these most recent cases involved a young girl taken from her own bed, molested, bound, and buried alive - not by a stranger but by her next door neighbor. Perhaps attitudes about this sexual abuse case were based on individuals’ use of stereotypes. Before we can asses how individuals use stereotypes, we must get a basis for how researchers define child sexual abuse.
Bright, Melissa A., "When Are Adult-Child Sexual Encounters Acceptable? Stereotyping and Need for Cognitive Closure" (2007). All Volumes (2001-2008). 20.