Sexual Harassment of Children

Strauss outlines some impacts of sexual harassment such as suicide, behavioral, and emotional toll. This is an important source that helps to identify cases of sexual harassment. In addition, this book discusses practical steps that can be taken to combat sexual harassment among the youth. The book is fairly current and is thus a clear reflection of today’s scenario. Therefore, it is an important source and can be used appropriately to support the existence of cases of childhood sexual harassment. In this book, Finkelhor carries out a study on juvenile victims seeking to reduce, treat and prevent child victimization, child molestation and harassment. The author uses the terms developmental victimology, to lay an insight and an understanding of juvenile victimizations. This book assists in identifying some common places where harassment occurs. In addition, Finkelhor suggests some possible techniques that can be applied when tackling juvenile victimization. Children are highly vulnerable to harassment and actually constitute the highest segment of victimized persons in the community. Therefore, it is important to put more effort to protect children against harassment. Victimization has adverse implications for the development of children thereby affecting personality formation and consequently developing antisocial behavior. A better way of society’s response to child harassment and victimization needs to be adopted to reduce difficulties victims and their families encounter when seeking help. The book is accessible and resourceful, but it is quite old and is based almost entirely on the juvenile field. In brief, this book is based on findings of research and clinical work by leading organizations in the UK and USA. Itzin highlights the prevalence of sexual harassment, victimization, and exploitation of children by people both within and outside the family.

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