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NCJ Number: 228369 Find in a Library
Title: Surviving and Moving On: Self-Help for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author(s): Kim McGregor
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 464
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Publication Number: ISBN 9781843925071
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This revised and updated edition offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse, female or male, ideas and techniques for understanding what has happened to them and how to cope effectively in facilitating their positive development through adolescence and into adulthood.
Abstract: Part 1 provides information on child sexual abuse, including its features, why many children remain silent about it, some of the adverse effects on a survivor's life, how these effects can be minimized, and the characteristics of the offenders and their methods for “grooming" and silencing their child victims. Part 2 focuses on helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse to understand their victimization and continue to deal constructively with their distinctive experiences of childhood sexual abuse. Helping concepts and healing exercises are provided, along with stories shared by men and women who have found ways to deal constructively with their childhood sexual abuse. Part 3 of the book is specifically for supporters and caregivers of survivors. One of the chapters in part 3 focuses on the role of the main caregiver of the child at whatever age. The chapter advises that the caregiver may first need help in addressing his/her own shock and confusion about the abuse before he/she is capable of providing positive support for the child. Guidance is provided on positive ways to react to a child’s disclosure and how best to support the child through listening, encouragement, and expressions of love. Some obstacles caregivers may face in preparing to help their child are identified and addressed. A second chapter in part 3 is written mainly for people who are in a long-term relationship with a survivor. It provides information about the nature and adverse impact of childhood sexual abuse and suggests ways of helping the victimized partner to cope positively as a survivor. Extensive resources and a bibliography as well as appendixes with supplementary guidance
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse treatment; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Coping; Crimes against children; Long term health effects of child abuse
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