Understanding the Impact of Child Abuse on Boys

February 26, 2024

Haruv on the Air

February 26, 9am-11am CST on Zoom

Registration: $10

CEUs available for social work and LPC: $20 for 2 credit hours

Victor Vieth, J.D. has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions, and prevention. Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Victor earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Seminary. Victor is the Chief Program Officer of Education and Research for the Zero Abuse Project, a public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse.

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, attendees will receive an overview of the impact of trauma on children with a special focus on how sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other forms of trauma impact boys. Research suggests boys who have endured trauma are more reluctant to disclose abuse and, when they do, less likely to receive services. In light of these dynamics, the workshop offers suggestions for improved medical and mental health services for boys, as well as suggestions for forensic interviewers and investigators responding to cases of abuse or neglect involving boys.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate factors identified by researchers that make boys particularly reluctant to disclose child abuse and neglect.
  2. Articulate concrete steps for more sensitive responses to male victims during forensic interviews, police or child protection investigations, as well as medical and mental health screenings.