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Children’s Knowledge of Sexual Abuse Prevention in El Salvador

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Alicia Hurtado ,

Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; Global Health Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Craig L. Katz,

Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; Global Health Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Dianne Ciro,

Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; Department of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Daniel Guttfreund,

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Digna Nosike

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Abstract

Background

Child sexual abuse (CSA) remains a global health problem that must be addressed. In a country with limited resources such as El Salvador, we sought an alternative way to disseminate CSA prevention information to elementary school children.

Objective

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention exhibit at a children's museum.

Methods

We asked 189 children to answer a questionnaire about CSA prevention before entering a museum exhibit on the subject and then asked 59 different children to answer the questionnaire after visiting the exhibit.

Findings

Children's knowledge scores on CSA prevention significantly improved after visiting the exhibit (P < .012).

Conclusions

A museum exhibit that addresses CSA prevention is an effective way of communicating CSA prevention to children.

How to Cite: Hurtado, A., Katz, C.L., Ciro, D., Guttfreund, D. and Nosike, D., 2014. Children’s Knowledge of Sexual Abuse Prevention in El Salvador. Annals of Global Health, 80(2), pp.103–107. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2014.04.004
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Published on 26 Jun 2014.
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