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Why 'historic' abuse? Experiences of children reporting abuse historically

Karim, Samina (2017) Why 'historic' abuse? Experiences of children reporting abuse historically. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 16 (3). ISSN 1478-1840

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a research study undertaken with twenty-one adult victims/survivors of historic abuse in care from Scotland. The research highlights how children experiencing abuse in the past faced significant barriers in relation to reporting their abuse to the adults they had access to in their lives. The key themes highlighted via the research answer two questions: why did children not disclose their abuse experiences historically? ; And how did adults respond to children’s disclosures of abuse historically? The findings demonstrate that for some victims/survivors of abuse, the issues related to the reporting of abuse have substantially contributed to the abuse becoming ‘historic’, rather than something which was addressed in the time, space and context within which it occurred.