Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


"To call incest an epidemic is to understate the case" (Crewdson, p.83). The National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect estimates that 100,000 or more children are victims of incest each year. Other estimates run as high as 360,000 children per year (Ledray, 1984). Susan Forward (1978) believes that 30% of the general population, 10-20 million female Americans, are incest victims. Seventy-five to eighty-five percent of these victims were involved in father-daughter incest. Other authorities guess that 7.4-40% of all families with daughters are involved in incest (Forward, 1978). As shocking as these statistics sound, it is estimated that 50-90% of all sexual assaults upon children remain unreported. The notion still exists that what goes on inside the home and within the family is exempt from public scrutiny. Therefore, the closer the relationship of the offender to the child, the less likely the abuse will be revealed to anyone (Butler, 1978; Crewdson, 1988).

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

First Advisor

Ann Vernon


If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have it removed from the Open Access Collection, please submit a request to and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (27 leaves)



File Format


Included in

Education Commons