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Psicologia Clínica

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CONCEICAO, Maria Inês Gandolfo; COSTA, Liana Fortunato; PENSO, Maria Aparecida  and  WILLIAMS, Lucia Cavalcanti de Albuquerque. Male child sexual abuse: symptoms, notification and reporting on restoration of protection. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2020, vol.32, n.1, pp. 101-121. ISSN 0103-5665.

To protect children victims of sexual abuse three steps are required: disclosure, reporting and notification of violence. This documentary research examined health records of 35 boys victims of sexual abuse assisted in a Brazilian public institution. The aim of the study was to trace the process of restoring protection to the child victim. Results showed 64 different types of symptoms triggering the disclosure, denoting much suffering by the children. There were eleven institutions involved in the reporting of violence. The one with most cases was the Child Protection Agency (45.7%), followed by the school (28.6%). Notification was carried out in 51.2% of the cases, showing a lack of preparation of the institutions to report the violation of rights. To ensure child protection it is necessary to enhance the presence of protective devices available in society, and to support initiatives to improve institutional staff training.

Keywords : sexual abuse; sexual violence against boys; notification.

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