A Victim Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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According to one national survey “approximately 5 children die everyday because of child abuse”. Throughout the years reports of childhood sexual abuse have risen, but there is still a substantial amount of unknown facts surrounding the topic. Most sources provide information on how to identify a victim of childhood sexual abuse, other known as CSA, but very little research has been done on effectively treating these victims. This broken system is depicted by Salinger through the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden. Salinger used information he knew to give Holden the qualities of someone who has experience CSA, and uses the characters in Holden’s life to represent the many broken parts of government agencies established to help victims. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, protagonist Holden struggles with the mental health issues associated with prolonged childhood sexual abuse, likely having been implemented by his own father, jeopardizing the mental stability of Holden, yrt like the many broken systems in the US and world governments, Holden’s family fails to help him and any chance of being saved is left alone to holden. Holden exhibits many key behaviors associated with a victim of childhood sexual abuse, known to specialists as CSA. The impacts of sexual abuse stay very true to Holden’s character, and his many actions throughout the novel. As CSA continues to be researched, “literature suggests a number of psychological and behavioural impacts as
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