This study proposes a focus on behavioural indices that characterize the alleged collective sexual abuse that took place in an Italian kindergarten. The evidence given by the parents of the victims showed the character improper changes to the children's age (the age of the children involved in the case was between 2-3 years). Such attitudes were linked to abnormal sexuality, in fact the children had of enactments as recurring attitudes of restlessness and crying unmotivated, conducted masturbatory done outside of the school environment and often mediated by household objects (often toys and rag dolls), compulsive in strip and coated plastic dolls and frequent sexual questions and requests regarding the parents' genitals. These sexualized attitudes it also adds a number of reminiscences mostly nocturnal like unnecessary fears towards the cracks of the door and nightmares with sexual and scary contents. The data presented here were extrapolated by consulting the documents included in the legal papers belonging to the process of the Italian pre-school at the prosecutor. These behavioural elements were found in many children estimated during the investigation of the Italian case bringing back these symptoms to a PTSD linked to a life of sexual abuse. Given the homogeneity of the behavioural indicators of abuse found in children the response of the experts to the questions from the judge did not rule out a disease related to abuse. Having regard to the lack reliable data that can explain the origin of such behaviours considering that the judicial process established the innocence of the defendants involved in the case, there are no elements to cataloguing the behavioural indicators of abuse previously seen to a profile corresponding to a collective abuse victim.

Behavioural indices in sexual abuse in childhood. Evidence based medicine or fantasy?

Loredana Petrone
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Simona Ricci;Emanuela Onofri;Felice Marco Damato;Rosaria Ferrara;Marcello Pelosi;Serafino Ricci
2016

Abstract

This study proposes a focus on behavioural indices that characterize the alleged collective sexual abuse that took place in an Italian kindergarten. The evidence given by the parents of the victims showed the character improper changes to the children's age (the age of the children involved in the case was between 2-3 years). Such attitudes were linked to abnormal sexuality, in fact the children had of enactments as recurring attitudes of restlessness and crying unmotivated, conducted masturbatory done outside of the school environment and often mediated by household objects (often toys and rag dolls), compulsive in strip and coated plastic dolls and frequent sexual questions and requests regarding the parents' genitals. These sexualized attitudes it also adds a number of reminiscences mostly nocturnal like unnecessary fears towards the cracks of the door and nightmares with sexual and scary contents. The data presented here were extrapolated by consulting the documents included in the legal papers belonging to the process of the Italian pre-school at the prosecutor. These behavioural elements were found in many children estimated during the investigation of the Italian case bringing back these symptoms to a PTSD linked to a life of sexual abuse. Given the homogeneity of the behavioural indicators of abuse found in children the response of the experts to the questions from the judge did not rule out a disease related to abuse. Having regard to the lack reliable data that can explain the origin of such behaviours considering that the judicial process established the innocence of the defendants involved in the case, there are no elements to cataloguing the behavioural indicators of abuse previously seen to a profile corresponding to a collective abuse victim.
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