The assumptions of preventing teenagers from the sexual abuse

Ieva Kuginytė-Arlauskienė, Tomas Butvilas


The phenomenon of children’s sexual abuse is analyzed in this paper and also the extension of its demography is revealed with some tendencies as well. The main goal of this research was to distinguish the assumptions of preventing teenagers from experiencing sexual abuse.
Survey, in which 293 teenagers (mainly 15 yrs. old) from different secondary schools in Lithuania have participated back in May of 2007, shows respondents’ attitudes towards: 1) their preventive knowledge on where to go in a case of sexual abuse (e.g. 47% of them have pointed out on not knowing those ways); 2) their ability to accept social help/support from the others (e.g. 73% have pointed out that they don’t know how to accept that correctly); 3) their understanding on responsibility for the sexual abuse: for instance, it was set that 87% do understand the importance of responsibility for the sexual abuse, only 5% have showed their trust in other people and 68% – pointed out of not always trusting in others, etc. Thus all of this leads into finding the right ways for the preventive assumptions to help teenagers not to get sexually abused, while paying much attention on informing them about such issues, enhancing their social abilities to accept support from the others, etc.


sexual abuse; teenagers; prevention assumptions

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