Seventy Years of Mistrust: Elderly Survivors of Sexual Abuse

  • Cheryl Resnick-Cortes Georgian Court University, New Jersey


As a pediatric social worker in a large suburban hospital, designated as a Child Abuse Diagnostic Center, the author was no stranger to dealing with sexual abuse. However, her view of the issue was changed in later years after developing expertise as a Gerontological Social Worker. It was then that the long-term effects of child sexual abuse truly came to light as she dealt with three mature women who had been sexually abused in childhood. These women had been raised during an era when public intervention was non-existent. This article presents their stories.

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