The Social Functioning of the Child Sexual Assault Survivors Based on Duration and Frequency of the Sexual Assault
This study reports the sexual abuse of children and their social functioning after sexual assault in West Coast Zone, State of Sabah, Malaysia. The objective of this study is to analyse the social functioning of child sexual assault survivors according to the duration and frequency of sexual assault on the child survivors. Eighty children who reported sexual assault were studied. The main research instrument used was adapted from the Inner Interaction Scale of Social Functioning (IISSF). The results of the study show that there are no significant differences in the social functioning of child sexual assault survivors according to the duration and frequency of sexual assault, but the social functioning symptoms of achievement and expectations were significantly different according to the frequency of sexual assault. The social functioning of the victims based on duration and frequency of sexual assault is important for social workers both to understand and to take note of in treatment and intervention work with child sexual assault survivors who report their abuse. The implications of these findings were also discussed in the context of the provision of crisis intervention support for child victims of sexual assault by a counsellor, social workers and psychologist.