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NCJ Number: 66616 Find in a Library
Title: CAN FAMILIES SURVIVE INCEST?
Journal: CORRECTIONS MAGAZINE  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1980)  Pages:31-38
Author(s): E KIERSH
Corporate Author: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
801 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ALTERNATIVES ARE DISCUSSED FOR PREVENTING THE COMMITMENT OF INCESTUOUS FATHERS TO MENTAL HOSPITALS AND PRISONS BY PROVIDING THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND KEEPING THE FAMILY UNIT INTACT.
Abstract: BECAUSE INCEST IS THE ULTIMATE TABOO, SOCIETY RESPONDS HARSHLY TO THIS TRANSGRESSION. THE PERPETRATOR, MOST OFTEN THE FATHER, IS INSTITUTIONALIZED TO SATISFY POPULAR OUTRAGE, AND THIS FORM OF PUNISHMENT IS SUPPORTED BY JUDGES AND DISTRICT ATTORNEYS. SOCIAL WORKERS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS, HOWEVER, OPPOSE THE PRACTICE ON GROUNDS OF ITS DEVASTATING EFFECT ON THE FAMILY, WHOSE MEMBERS, BOTH THE GUILTY AND THE INNOCENT, SUFFER ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISRUPTION. MOREOVER, FEAR OF HEAVY LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OFTEN KEEPS INCEST A FAMILY SECRET, ALLOWING ABUSE AND VICTIMIZATION TO CONTINUE. THE NEW APPROACHES OFFER HELP TO BOTH VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS BY FORCING FAMILY MEMBERS TO CONFRONT THEIR PROBLEMS WITH THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER IN THE HOPE OF EMERGING FROM THERAPY TO A RESTORED, HEALTHY FAMILY LIFE. IN ADDITION, SUCH PROGRAMS FORCE THE COMMUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THAT INCEST IS A PROBLEM THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH. FUNDED BY STATE GRANTS, THE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAM (CSATP), THE FIRST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICE, OPERATES IN SAN JOSE, CALIF. LEGAL INVOLVEMENT OF THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT ENSURES COMPLIANCE WITH COURT-ORDERED THERAPY. THE CSATP FAMILY COUNSELING IS AUGMENTED BY PARENTS UNITED, A SELF-HELP GROUP MODELED ON ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WHICH ENCOURAGES VOLUNTARY ADMISSION OF GUILT. CRITICISMS OF THE PROGRAM CITE REMOLESTATION CASES, BUT TWO EVALUATION REPORTS HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE CSATP FAMILY THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF INTRAFAMILIAR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS POSITIVE AND CONCLUSIVE. ILLUSTRATIONS ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; California; Child abuse; Child abuse situation remedies; Child molesters; Domestic relations; Family counseling; Family crisis; Incest; Marital problems; Probation conditions; Wives of sex offenders
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