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This paper, written in 1993, summarizes research and theoretical concepts, and presents implications for child protection work. The crucial link between the rehabilitation of child sexual abuse victims and the support of the non-offending parent is highlighted.

This study underscores the importance of addressing a woman's psychological needs as an integral component of the treatment of her child's sexual abuse. All too often, when their children are sexually abused, mothers appear to be blamed, if not for the abuse itself, then for their responses following the abuse. Data from this study point to an alternative way of thinking about these women.