Sexual Abuse Treatment Programs
Children’s Medical Services (CMS) understands that child sexual abuse can be traumatic on the entire family, The CMS Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) provides specialized treatment services for children who are victims of sexual abuse, as well as for their families Through a combination of group, family and individual counseling for child sexual abuse survivors and their families, SATP works to reduce the trauma caused by the child sexual victimization, assist the family to recover from the victimization, prevent further child sexual victimization from occurring, and enable families to have healthy, non-abusive relationships.
Child sexual abuse includes the victimization of a child by sexual activities, including molestation, indecent exposure, fondling, rape and incest. For the purposes of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, primary victims will always be the children who have directly suffered the abuse. Secondary victims are minor children, usually siblings, receiving treatment as a result of his/her own reaction/exposure to the abuse directed against a primary victim.
A child who has been sexually abused and whose abuse has generated a Florida Abuse Hotline and/or law enforcement report, is eligible for therapeutic services provided by the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. Children and their families are primarily referred to the SATP though Child Protection Teams, the Department of Children and Families, law enforcement and community agencies. Individuals and other professionals may also make direct referrals.
The Sexual Abuse Treatment Program operates on the belief that specialized treatment services to children and families will help prevent long-term psychological effects of sexual abuse victimization. The program promotes support of the child victim, increased insight, and encouragement of healthy family relationships. Family members are involved in a treatment plan designed to change the overall interactions within the family to prevent further abuse. A combination of individual and group counseling is used to reduce the trauma of child sexual abuse and to promote healthy family functioning.
What are the Services Provided?
Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Statewide Directory(PDF - 206kb)