1st Edition

We Are Not Alone
A Guidebook for Helping Professionals and Parents Supporting Adolescent Victims of Sexual Abuse




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ISBN 9780789009258
Published January 24, 2002 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

Guide and protect sexually abused teenagers through the prosecution of their abusers!

This indispensable book is designed to help you guide adolescent sexual abuse victims through the social services and criminal justice systems. We Are Not Alone explains the process of reporting, investigating, and prosecuting cases of sexual abuse. It is the only available court-oriented resource targeted toward teenage victims.

We Are Not Alone is also a valuable guidebook to the victims’emotional reactions at the various stages, so you can understand the victims’needs and avoid retraumatizing them. Two supplemental workbooks--one for boys and another for girls--are available separately. We Are Not Alone includes the text of the two supplemental workbooks, along with suggested topics for discussion so you can gently help adolescent victims bring out their feelings.


We Are Not Alone offers practical information on the criminal justice system, including:

  • descriptions of the roles of police officers, social service workers, attorneys, judges, and the victim
  • detailed explanations of each step in the process
  • discussions of the victim's likely reactions and concerns at each stage of the process
  • a glossary of legal terms
  • references and resources for teenage victims, their families, and professionals
This guide is an essential reference for victim witness advocates, social workers, prosecutors, and therapists working to support these young victims. School administrators and teachers, as well as parents of victims, will also find We Are Not Alone an indispensable resource.

Table of Contents

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Sexually Abused Adolescents and the Criminal Justice System
  • Chapter 1. Identifying Pertinent Aspects of the Adjudication Process
  • Reasons for Involving the Criminal Justice System
  • Adolescent Reporting
  • Cases Accepted for Prosecution
  • Typical Evidence
  • Inherent Barriers for Child Victims
  • Courtroom Modifications
  • Preparing the Victims
  • In Summary
  • Chapter 2. Understanding and Reaching Out to Victims
  • Adolescent Reactions to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Reactions and the Prosecution Process
  • Gender Differences
  • Learning to Trust
  • In Summary
  • Part II: Connecting with the Social Service and Criminal Justice Systems
  • Chapter 3. Social Service and Criminal Justice Policies and Procedures
  • Reporting Procedures, Diversion, and Investigation
  • Interviews, Pretrial Hearings, and Plea Bargaining
  • Witness Competency, Courtroom Innovations, and Trial Variances
  • In Summary
  • Chapter 4. Multidisciplinary Teams and Helping Professionals Support Victims
  • Getting Started
  • Enhancing Professional Effectiveness
  • Supporting Victims and Their Families
  • In Summary
  • Part III: Adolescent Victims Sharing Their Experience
  • Introduction
  • Welcome to Teen Readers
  • Chapter 5. A Teenage Girl's Personal Account of Incest from Disclosure Through Prosecution and Treatment
  • Identification of Characters
  • Section 1. I'm Jane
  • Section 2. The First Time I Told
  • Section 3. Making a Report
  • Section 4. The Investigation Begins
  • Section 5. I'm Sorry, Mom
  • Section 6. The Interview
  • Section 7. After the Interview
  • Section 8. Counseling
  • Section 9. Prosecution Begins
  • Section 10. Pretrial Testimony
  • Section 11. Counseling Support
  • Section 12. Waiting
  • Section 13. At School
  • Section 14. The Indictment
  • Section 15. The Arraignment
  • Section 16. Waiting Again
  • Section 17. The Empty Courtroom
  • Section 18. Pretrial Details
  • Section 19. Delays and Preparations
  • Section 20. The Trial Begins
  • Section 21. In Court
  • Section 22. Cross-Examination
  • Section 23. Instructions to the Jury
  • Section 24. The Verdict
  • Section 25. After the Trial
  • Section 26. Victim Impact Statement
  • Section 27. Sentencing
  • Section 28. Toward Recovery
  • Support People I Can Depend On
  • How It Happened for Me: A Diagram
  • Chapter 6. A Teenage Boy's Personal Account of Child Sexual Abuse from Disclosure Through Prosecution and Treatment
  • Identification of Characters
  • Section 1. I'm Joe
  • Section 2. The First Time I Told
  • Section 3. I'm Sorry
  • Section 4. Making a Report
  • Section 5. The Investigation Begins
  • Section 6. The Interview
  • Section 7. After the Interview
  • Section 8. Counseling
  • Section 9. Prosecution Begins
  • Section 10. Pretrial Testimony
  • Section 11. Counseling Support
  • Section 12. Waiting
  • Section 13. At School
  • Section 14. The Indictment
  • Section 15. The Arraignment
  • Section 16. Waiting Again
  • Section 17. The Empty Courtroom
  • Section 18. Pretrial Details
  • Section 19. Delays and Preparations
  • Section 20. The Trial Begins
  • Section 21. In Court
  • Section 22. Cross-Examination
  • Section 23. Instructions to the Jury
  • Section 24. The Verdict
  • Section 25. After the Trial
  • Section 26. Victim Impact Statement
  • Section 27. Sentencing
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