a1 Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health. email@example.com
a2 Monash University.
a3 Monash University.
This overview examines the nature, prevalence, and impact of child sexual abuse. Associations and potential risk factors are identified, thus showing that child sexual abuse is not randomly distributed through the population. Finally, we discuss the ways in which clinicians and researchers have conceptualised the impact of child sexual abuse. A social and developmental model is outlined.
c1 Address for correspondence: Professor P. Mullen, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Locked Bag 10, Fairfield VIC 3078, Australia.