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Message ID: 8537
Date: 2010-08-27

Author:Stone, Deborah (CDC/CCEHIP/NCIPC)

Subject:RE: New bulletin: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008

That’s a very interesting observation. It would be one thing if we had so much money going into sexual abuse prevention that we now could see commensurate declines, but when resources are scarce and declines are large in the presence of official data sources that are flawed, and survey data that still point to prevalence rates around 25%, not to mention tough economic times, it’s hard to imagine declines are real. And if you are an advocate or someone who experiences a disinterested public, and lack of outcry, funding etc., then these ‘declines’ work against you. Distress seems natural. Without an explanation for declining rates of a very stigmatized and secretive public health problem, it’s hard to know when it’s ok to believe what you don’t see. Deb From: bounce-6221079-13419240@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-6221079-13419240@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chaffin, Mark J. (HSC) Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:41 AM To: 'Child Maltreatment Researchers' Subject: New bulletin: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008 Re: decreases in physical and sexual abuse rates. In studies using law enforcement data, I’ve observed similar declines in child sexual abuse cases involving nonfamilial and unrelated perpetrators. These cases don’t involve CPS policies, and don’t involve family pressures to retain a breadwinner during hard times. The trajectory of the decline in these separate data sets and different kinds of reports (often non-CPS cases) over the past decade and a half parallels what was seen in the CPS report data. In my career in child abuse research, I can’t recall seeing very many research findings that seem to evoke such skepticism as research suggesting that abuse rates are declining. I firmly believe that skepticism about research findings is a good thing, but I’m intrigued about why so much skepticism about this now almost two decade long finding. As a psychologist, the really interesting research question to me is becoming the reaction of our field to this finding, more than any more examination on the finding itself! I recall recently sharing this finding with a person from a rural child advocacy center (who had never heard anything about it) and she was almost in tears with distress. Mark

That’s a very interesting observation. It would be one thing if we had so much money going into sexual abuse prevention that we now could see commensurate declines, but when resources are scarce and declines are large in the presence of official data sources that are flawed, and survey data that still point to prevalence rates around 25%, not to mention tough economic times, it’s hard to imagine declines are real. And if you are an advocate or someone who experiences a disinterested public, and lack of outcry, funding etc., then these ‘declines’ work against you. Distress seems natural. Without an explanation for declining rates of a very stigmatized and secretive public health problem, it’s hard to know when it’s ok to believe what you don’t see. Deb From: bounce-6221079-13419240list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-6221079-13419240list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chaffin, Mark J. (HSC) Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:41 AM To: 'Child Maltreatment Researchers' Subject: New bulletin: Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment, 2008 Re: decreases in physical and sexual abuse rates. In studies using law enforcement data, I’ve observed similar declines in child sexual abuse cases involving nonfamilial and unrelated perpetrators. These cases don’t involve CPS policies, and don’t involve family pressures to retain a breadwinner during hard times. The trajectory of the decline in these separate data sets and different kinds of reports (often non-CPS cases) over the past decade and a half parallels what was seen in the CPS report data. In my career in child abuse research, I can’t recall seeing very many research findings that seem to evoke such skepticism as research suggesting that abuse rates are declining. I firmly believe that skepticism about research findings is a good thing, but I’m intrigued about why so much skepticism about this now almost two decade long finding. As a psychologist, the really interesting research question to me is becoming the reaction of our field to this finding, more than any more examination on the finding itself! I recall recently sharing this finding with a person from a rural child advocacy center (who had never heard anything about it) and she was almost in tears with distress. Mark