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Recommendations for reducing sexual violence among teenagers (2013)

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Brochure Optimus Study Switzerland (2012) 

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Full report Optimus Study Switzerland (2011)

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Maier, T., Mohler-Kuo, M., Landolt, M. A., Schnyder, U., & Jud, A. (2013). The tip of the iceberg. Incidence of disclosed cases of child sexual abuse in Switzerland: Results from a nationwide agency survey. International journal of public health, 1-9.

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is considered a major risk factor for a variety of health problems both in childhood and in later adult life. This study conducted a nationwide agency survey of CSA in Switzerland. Data were collected from 350 agencies through an anonymous online form during a 6-month period. 

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Landolt, M. A., Schnyder, U., Maier, T., Schoenbucher, V., & Mohler‐Kuo, M. (2013). Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adolescents: A National Survey in Switzerland. Journal of traumatic stress. 

There are a limited number of epidemiological studies that have focused on trauma exposure and prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in representative general population samples of adolescents, especially outside of the United States. The study therefore aimed to assess the lifetime prevalence of traumatic events (TEs) and current prevalence of PTSD, and to examine demographic risk factors for TEs and PTSD in a representative sample of adolescents. 

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Schönbucher, V., Maier, T., Held, L., Mohler-Kuo, M., Schnyder, U., & Landolt, M. A. (2011). Prevalence of child sexual abuse in Switzerland: a systematic review. Swiss Med Wkly, 140, E1-E8.

Although child sexual abuse (CSA) is considered to be a significant health risk, there is no systematic overview of studies that have investigated the prevalence of CSA in Switzerland. A literature search was conducted using several online bibliographic databases. In addition, experts in the field in Switzerland were contacted to find studies that had not been published in academic journals.

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Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Tagesschau vom 3.8.2013: Studie zu sexuellem Missbrauch an Kindern.

Watch (German only), 8.3.2013: Sexueller Missbrauch: Täter sind oft gleichaltrig.

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Tages Anzeiger, 7.3.2013: Sexuelle Übergriffe: Jedes 7. Kind betroffen.

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20 Minuten online, 7.3.2013: Jedes fünfte Mädchen erlebt sexuelle Gewalt.

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Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Tagesschau vom 7.3.2013: Optimus Studie zu sexueller Gewalt. 

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Recommendations for reducing sexual violence among teenagers

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