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Priebe, G. & Svedin, C. (2008). Child sexual abuse is largely hidden from the adult society: An epidemiological study of adolescents’ disclosures. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(12), 1095-1108.

The study sought to under stand disclosure rates and patters in a sample of adolescents who had reported sexual abuse. High school seniors were given a questionaire about their sexual experience, specifically their disclosure of sexual abuse. The study found that more girls than boys reported experiencing sexual abuse and had a higher disclosure rate. They were both more likely to report to a friend than a professional or authority figure. The study concluded that adolescents were not likely to turn to professionals, therefore a lot is hidden from the adult society.