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NCJ Number: 149678 Find in a Library
Title: Adults Molested as Children: A Survivor's Manual for Women and Men
Author(s): E Bear; P T Dimock
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 74
Sponsoring Agency: Safer Society Press
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
Sale Source: Safer Society Press
P.O. Box 340
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is intended to guide adults (male and female) who are beginning to remember and process the experience of sexual abuse inflicted on them in childhood.
Abstract: The book first examines the nature of "molesting," "incest," and "child sexual abuse." This is followed by a discussion of the factors that lead to a child's being sexually abused. The discussion emphasizes that although the abuser has factors in his/her background that foster the abusive behavior, he/she is still accountable for the abuse. Those who have been abused, on the other hand, are totally innocent, neither causing nor deserving their victimization. Chapters also examine the dynamics of coping with the abuse both as a child and an adult. Coping behaviors are classified as "fight" (rebelliousness that undermines positive development), "flight" (escapist behavior that undermines positive relationships), and "numbing" (shutting off uncomfortable feelings). How these coping behaviors are carried into adulthood are also discussed. Other topics considered are the revelation of the secret of having been molested; the feelings, decisions, and actions survivors must experience in addressing the past so as to move on constructively; how those who care for survivors can help them through their suffering; and the community systems that can aid survivors in their rehabilitation. The concluding section suggests ways in which survivors can help "change the world" through actions that help prevent other children from being sexually abused. 51 references and appended suggestions for choosing a therapist for dealing with child sexual abuse issues
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Psychological victimization effects
Note: From Safer Society Series, Number Four.
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