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16.8% of females experience CSA Indicators of risk include: gender, disability,

16.8% of females experience CSA Indicators of risk include: gender, disability,

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  1. PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL GROUP FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE: A GRANT PROPOSALLeah RickardCalifornia State University Long BeachMSW, May 2013

  2. 16.8% of females experience CSA • Indicators of risk include: gender, disability, and single-parent households • CSA may lead to mental health problems

  3. Studies have shown that 67% of women who have experienced CSA suffer from mental illness (Crime, 2004; Johnson, 2009; Machada, Azevedo, Facuri, Vieira, & Fernandes, 2011). This figure indicates that well-qualified and trained professionals are needed by this population.

  4. Based on the target population that the host agency serves in the Ventura area, the writer will discuss the issue of CSA specifically within the Latina and Asian-American cultures. In the state of California, 9.2% of children were victims of CSA. Within this group, 0.9% were Asian Americans (Children’s Bureau, 2010). Within the Latina culture 35% of young women age 18-34 experience CSA (Ulibarri, Ulloa, & Camacho, 2009).

  5. The target population of this grant proposal is the female clients age 18 and over of Project Understanding and who have experienced CSA. Information about potential funding sources was obtained utilizing the Ventura County Community Foundation website and library. The potential funder for this project is The Women’s Legacy Fund. The Women’s Legacy Fund’s purpose is to fund issues of importance to women and girls in the community.

  6. A meeting took  place between this writer and the Director of Human Resources and Special Projects, Sandra Turner-Morales of Project Understanding to discuss the agencies need for a group of this type. The project budget includes salaries for the Developer/Facilitator (MSW), Clinical Director and equipment/supply expenses and curriculum materials.

  7. This group will meet for 16 weekly sessions. This allows the group the opportunity to develop relationship with the social worker  and other group participants, practice in-depth psycho-educational work, and to make progress in their healing (Meekums, 2006). Female clients over the age of 18 who are receiving services through the host agency and have a history of CSA will benefit from this group.

  8. An evaluation of each group member will be done prior to week one, and at eight and sixteen weeks. This will be done by providing an assessment tool that measures self esteem, anxiety symptoms, self-blame, guilt, anger and hope.

  9. This author has learned that the issue of CSA is a life altering experience that affects women from all walks of life. Current and relevant literature is readily available on this subject. Literature supports the need for a group of this type and confirms that this would have a positive impact on the services provided by social workers (Christiansen & Elklit, 2008). By providing this service at the host agency, the proposed project has the potential of reaching women who may not otherwise be able to seek a service of this type.

  10. Children’s Bureau (2010). Child Maltreatment. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.govChristiansen, D. M., & Elklit, A. (2008). Risk factors predict post traumatic stress disorder differently in men and women. Annals of General Psychiatry, Volume 7, Issue 24, 1- 12.Johnson, D. M., & Zlotnick, C. (2009). HOPE for battered women with PTSD in domestic violence shelters. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Volume 40 & Issue 3, 234-241. Machada, C. A., Azevedo, R. C., Facuri, C. O., Vieira, M. J., & Fernandes, A.-M. S. (2011). Posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and hopelessness in women who are victims of sexual abuse. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Volume 113 & Issue 1, 58-62.Meekums, B. (2006). Creative group therapy for women survivors of child sexual abuse. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley.National Center for Victims of Crime. (2004). Child sexual abuse. Retrieved http://www.ncvc.orgOlafson, E. (2011). Child sexual abuse: Demography, impact and intervention. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, Volume 4 & Issue 1, 8-21.Ulibarri, M. D., Ulloa, E. C., & Camacho, L. (2009). Prevalence of sexually abusive experiences in childhood and adolescents among a community sample of Latinas: A descriptive study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Volume 18 & Issue 4, 405-421.