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
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
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©1989 Jenean C. Wolterman
Wolterman, Jenean C., "Victim or villain? The mother in the incestuous family" (1989). Graduate Research Papers. 3531.