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Culture and nondisclosure of child sexual abuse in Ghana: a theoretical and empirical exploration
journal contributionposted on 2023-07-26, 14:08 authored by Kofi E. Boakye
The phenomenon of child sexual abuse has been widely acknowledged across many societies, including Ghana. Efforts to address this problem in Ghana have yielded limited success because this type of child abuse is severely underreported. This study explores the relevance of three cultural factors, namely, patriarchal nuances, (child) rape myth acceptance, and a “collective shame problem,” to the understanding of the problem of nondisclosure of child sexual abuse in Ghana. Evidence from an exploratory study provides support for the importance of these factors. The findings are discussed and the need for further research highlighted.
Publication titleLaw & Social Inquiry