The current literature on the use of group therapy with women who were sexually abused as children and who are experiencing distressing abuse sequelae is reviewed. Long term effects of child sexual abuse are delineated, with attention given to our current understanding of the genesis of these effects. A brief historical review of sexual abuse including diagnostic and labeling considerations is presented. Legal issues (emphasizing the criminal aspect of childhood sexual abuse) as well as ethical considerations in group treatment of this population are outlined. An integrative group therapy model for women molested as children is proposed.
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