Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse
Resources and Responses for Individuals and Families [2 volumes]
by Michele A. Paludi and Florence L. Denmark
October 2010, 719pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

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Incidents of sexual abuse and assault are reaching epidemic proportions. Approximately 2.6 million women are victims of intimate partner violence annually, while as many as 15 percent of female college students have disclosed they were raped. Both new legislation and sweeping societal changes will be necessary to reverse this persistent trend.

A team of educators, counselors, and scholars examine the widespread problem of sexual assault and abuse in the United States from a legal, criminal justice, psychological, clinical, and legislative perspective.

The statistics on sexual abuse in the United States suggest that such crimes are perceived as socially acceptable, despite laws to the contrary. Thirty percent of women are battered at least once in their adult lives, while four million girls and women are trafficked annually. Seventy-five percent of employed battered women are harassed at their jobs by abusive husbands or lovers and half of them are murdered by these mates. At least twenty percent of women have been victimized by incest.

Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse serves as a reference guide for professionals working with victims and perpetrators. Topics addressed include assault within marriage, courtship violence, abducted and runaway youth, violence against pregnant women, cyberspace violence, and sexual harassment of students and employees. This multivolume set promotes legislation to break the cycles of violence and dispels myths about victims and perpetrators. Preventative programs, policies, and educational programs are emphasized.


  • Over 70 expert contributors in the area of violence against children, teens and adults
  • Provides examples of effective prevention programs and violent offender treatment programs, as well as recommendations for assessing and treating battered women
  • Presents a clear history of sexual abuse in the United States
  • Bibliographies accompany each chapter in each volume
  • A listing of websites and organizations dealing with sexual assault and abuse provides additional resources
Michele A. Paludi is president of Human Resources Management Solutions and participating faculty at Union Graduate College, Schenectady, NY. Paludi is series editor for Praeger's Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management and has authored or edited 38 texts on workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, psychology of women, workplace violence, and campus violence.

Florence L. Denmark is Robert S. Pace Distinguished Research Professor and adjunct professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, NY. She is currently an APA and ICP NGO representative to the United Nations.


"Timely and comprehensive for all college and high school students, as well as victim advocates in any setting. These two volumes could be cataloged in adult nonfiction in addition to reference use."—Library Journal, February 15, 2011
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