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Caring for Sexually Abused Children
by Dr. R. Timothy Kearney
(InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, IL) [139 pages]
[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive 7 hours of Continuing Education credit].


Chapter 1: The Facts -- Developing a Foundation for Understanding the Problem (p 15-28)
1. When a four-year-old girl strokes an adult man’s leg and asks,“Do you like it when I touch you there, honey?” she
a. should be punished for being promiscuous.
b. has developed at an early age a sophisticated sense of humor.
c. was probably taught by an adult to say inappropriate things she is too young to understand.
d. has a higher level of female hormones than other girls her age.
Chapter 2: Beyond “They Did What?” -- Recognizing and Dealing
with Disclosure (p 29-44)

2. If a child wants to tell about abuse to an adult and asks that adult to maintain total confidentiality, the adult should
a. agree to maintain complete confidentiality.
b. pretend to agree to complete confidentiality but then secretly notify the proper authorities.
c. promise the child, “I’ll make sure no one ever hurts you again.”
d. say, “Most things I can keep secret, but I might have to talk to other people in order to keep you safe.”
3. After hearing a child’s story of abuse, it is appropriate for an adult to ask the child
a. “Who else knows about this abuse?”
b. “Do you feel safe with the person who brought you here?”
c. “What do you think will happen to you now that you have told your story?”
d. all of the above
Chapter 3: What Happens Next? Understanding the Systems Involved (p 45-62)

4. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
a. Children frequently lie about having been sexually abused.
b. Most states require clergy to report sexual abuse.
c. Child protective services do not always remove the child from the home.
d. A sexual abuse medical examination should be conducted.
Chapter 4: How Can the Church Help? -- Helping Children and
Families While Caring for Caregivers (p 63-75)

5. Parents who respond to their sexually abused child by not requiring him to do chores, feeding him only his favorite foods, and not punishing him for misbehavior are
a. helping him to heal faster.
b. overcompensating, perhaps out of guilt for not protecting him.
c. doing the right thing if they have no children.
d. experiencing rejection from their church community.
Chapter 5: What About Therapy? -- Choosing the Right Course (p 77-91)

6. Who would be the best choice of therapist to work with a sexually abused child?
a. a psychiatrist (M.D.) who has worked primarily with adults for 18 years.
b. a social worker (MSW) whose client load is 50% comprised of children, including those having been sexually abused.
c. a marriage and family therapist who promises full disclosure to the parents about sessions with their child.
d. a non-licensed but popular youth minister at a respectable local church.
Chapter 6: Why Does God Let This Happen? (p 93-104)

7. If a person who was sexually abused feels abandoned by God, it is because
a. other Christians have not been as comforting as they could be.
b. God never promised to protect us from the sins of others.
c. this is a natural reaction to awful circumstances.
d. the sexual abuse may have been a punishment from God.
Chapter 7: How Does God Bring Healing? (p 105-119)

8. After seven-year-old Amber told her parents that she had been sexually abused by a male babysitter, the author suggested a healing plan that included
a. group therapy.
b. dropping out of Sunday school for awhile.
c. medication for depression.
d. individual therapy.
Chapter 8: What Does This Mean Long Term? (p 122-128)

9. So far, research suggests that the single most important predictor of a child’s successful coping with abuse is
a. the successful prosecution of the abuser.
b. the skill of a trained therapist.
c. parents reaction and support (of non-offending parents).
d. the age of the child.
Chapter 9: Could I Happens Here? (p 129-139)

10. Good policies and procedures for a church will include
a. having clergy and staff members report all suspected abuse.
b. written actions that will be taken after an accusation has been made.
c. not leaving one adult alone in private with a child or a group of children.
d. all of the above