Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
First Committee Member
M. Alexis Kennedy, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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Child sexual abuse has gained significant attention from the medical, legal and social research communities over the last couple decades. Developed in the 1980s, Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) have been noted as one of the leading developments in combating child sexual abuse. Child Advocacy Centers bring together multi-disciplinary teams in a child friendly environment to improve resources for abused children and their families as well as aid in prosecution. The majority of states across the country have adopted aggressive legislation and funding initiatives to aid in protecting this vulnerable population. This study analyses Nevada's position on childhood sexual abuse and compares it to states similar in demographics. While many studies evaluating the effectiveness of CAC have focused largely on prosecutorial outcomes, this study evaluates CAC effectiveness on the basis of report disposition and prior victimization. This study finds that the number of CACs located within a state has a significant impact on report disposition and prior victimization for children that have been sexually abused.
Child Advocacy Centers – Evaluation; Child sexual abuse; Child sexual abuse – Prevention; Multi-disciplinary teams; Nevada
Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Social Work
Ruggieri, Chrystal, "Child advocacy centers and child sexual abuse in Nevada" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 923.