Someone you know has been sexually abused. A recent study indicated that 38% of the women interviewed had been sexually abused by an adult or family member by the age of 18.
You may think you don’t know anyone who has been sexually abused, especially if most of your friends and acquaintances are Christians. But the statistics indicate otherwise: sexual abuse knows no religious or social boundaries.
The Wounded Heart is an intensely personal and specific look at this most “soul deadening” form of abuse. Personal because it may be affecting you, your spouse, a close friend or neighbor, or someone you know well at church. And specific because it goes well beyond the general issues and solutions discussed in other books.
Dr. Allender’s book reaches deep into the wounded heart of someone you know, exploring the secret lament of the soul damaged by sexual abuse-and laying hold of the hope buried there by the One whose unstained image we all bear.
Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child
Based on in-depth interviews and her workshops for partners across the country, Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners — girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, and lovers — trying to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs along the way. She shows couples how to deepen compassion, improve communication, and develop an understanding of healing as a shared activity. Addressing partners’ most important questions, Allies in Healing covers: The Basics — answers common questions about sexual abuse. Allies in Healing — introduces key concepts of working and growing together. My Needs and Feelings — teaches partners to recognize, value, and express their own needs. Dealing with Crisis — includes strategies for handling suicidal feelings, regression, and hopelessness. Intimacy and Communication — offers practical advice on dealing with distancing, control, trust, and fighting. Sex — provides guidelines for coping with flashbacks, lack of desire, differences in sexual needs, and frustration. Family lssues — suggests a range of ideas for interacting with the survivor’s family. Partners’ Stories — explores the struggles, triumphs, and courage of eight partners.
Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Fairstein is director of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which has an excellent record for convicting rapists as well as for educating the public. Fairstein writes about a brutal case of an assault on a college student by ‘the Midtown rapist.’ She also traces the history of the unit, the need for DNA testing to identify perpetrators, and efforts being made to assure victims that they are understood, and not stigmatized.
Science Books & Films – Dean Harper:
The book successfully raises the reader’s consciousness about marital rape, a problem that is difficult to study because it is usually hidden from public view, frequently denied by victims, and is a matter that both victims and perpetrators are reluctant to discuss. Within these limitations, the authors have done an acceptable job in conducting their research and reporting on it. A study of this type, however, needs to be imbedded in a larger examination ofsexual attitudes and behavior in marriage. Nevertheless, this study adds to our understanding of this serious problem.
Breaking Trust: A Priest Looks at the Scandal of Sexual Abuse
In this searing and soul-searching book, Father Bausch considers the current crisis of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. With candor and honesty, he seeks out the facts, analyzes the current climate, and gauges the reactions of ordinary people in parishes. He is open and unbiased in his evaluations, respecting both the position of the Church and the feelings of Catholic people. A “question and answer” section is included for group discussion.
Because I Love You: The Silent Shadow of Child Sexual Abuse
Confronted in midlife with a devastating discovery about her father’s secret life as a pedophile, Joyce Allan, a psychiatric nurse/therapist, traces the history of sexual abuse across five generations of her family. Providing unique insight into the value systems that perpetuate child sexual abuse within families, churches, and society, this memoir describes how silence itself creates the “ecology of sexual abuse.” Compassionately and skillfully written, it is particularly useful for victims of sexual abuse, family and friends of a victim, or even the family and friends of the perpetrator.
Daybreak: Meditations for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse
The 366 meditations found in Daybreak provide support and inspiration to women who have survived childhood sexual abuse. With understanding, compassion, and strength, Brady addresses such current issues as intimacy, fear, play, secrets, and anger.
This text sheds light on a deeply hidden, yet powerfully debilitating, experience of childhood: sexual abuse. The author strives to accurately present information on the complex dynamics that have an impact on individuals, families, school environments and society at large. With these dynamics in mind, the author presents a collection of varied issues that will better prepare a child care professional in working with children who have been abused.
Sibling Abuse: Hidden Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma
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Writing for parents and therapists, Wiehe (social work, U. of Kentucky) addresses the social problem of the abuse of one sibling by another. He presents testimony from victims, identifies criteria for evaluating sibling interactions, and provides guidelines for preventing abusive or potentially abusive behaviors.
Critical Issues in Child Sexual Abuse: Historical, Legal, and Psychological Perspectives
The chapters in this book are intended to describe what is known and what is not known in several specific areas of childhood abuse. The opening interview with Roland Summit gives readers an opportunity to get acquainted with a pioneer in the field. Subsequent chapters focus on sexual offenders, children’s memory, adult memory for trauma, children as victims, treatment challenges of traumatized victims, victims in court, and treatment of dissociate identity clients.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Approaches to Treatment and Case Management
Therapy with adults who were abused emotionally, physically or sexually in childhood is difficult and harrowing. The therapist may experience frustration, disillusion and disappointment, which often give away to a realisation and admiration of the endurance and creativity which these people displayed as children in surviving such abuse. Therapists need little motivation to develop new approaches for these clients, and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is such an approach.
CAT is a brief, collaborative, client-centred approach which is gaining support for the understanding and treatment of many individuals with emotional and personality problems. This is the first book to present the CAT approach to such problems in adult survivors of childhood abuse, particularly borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder.
Bridging the Silence: Nonverbal Modalities in the Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
This book integrates nonverbal modalities – visual imagery, kinesthetic imagery, and body movement – into verbal psychotherapy with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. These survivors often have difficulty verbalizing their memories and their pain. The use of nonverbal modalities may assist them in transforming the silence of childhood into the language of the adult. Based on her work with women survivors, the author presents explicit exercises, case examples, and patients’ artwork demonstrating the use of art and movement therapies in the context of goal-specific treatment. Each task is carefully selected to match the phase of therapy and to meet one of three goals: containment, exploration, or expression. Within this framework, nonverbal modalities can be used to enrich the assessment process, contain flashbacks, create a safe environment, develop coping mechanisms, connect body and mind and enhance creative problem-solving. In addition, the author shows how to use art and movement strategies in memory retrieval, anger work, and development of a sense of self. In the hands of sensitive, well-trained therapists, nonverbal modalities can be a powerful addition to the treatment of sexual abuse survivors. Susan Simonds bridges creative arts therapy and survivor therapy to enable therapists to make the most of this power.
Beyond Sexual Abuse: Therapy with Women Who Were Childhood Victims
Presents empirical findings and clinical experience gained from a three-year study of 51 previously sexually abused women–and provides the elements of a flexible treatment program. Demographic characteristics, families of origin, sexual abuse experiences, and psychosocial problems are considered–followed by an assessment and treatment package for each major category of problems. Problems are categorized as mood disturbances, interpersonal difficulties, and sexual dysfunctions. Treats interpersonal problems with a range of procedures including cognitive restructuring, and training in skills of communication and problem-solving.
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