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Sexual Abuse

Relapse Prevention Worksheet
Recovering from abuse takes time. It is important to remember that recovery doesn’t occur perfectly for anyone and there will be relapses during the recovery process. This is normal and it is to be expected. A Relapse Prevention Plan is something that may be helpful to you in preventing a relapse. more>>

Trusting Your Memories of Sexual Abuse
It can take a long time for survivors to be able to say that they know for sure that they were sexually abused. Acknowledging that the abuse happened is an important step in healing from sexual abuse. more >>

Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse perpetrated by mothers on their daughters is an uncomfortable subject for many people. It defies everything we believe, or want to believe, about women and mothers. Most people don’t want to believe that female perpetrators of sexual abuse exist, and certainly don’t want to believe that a mother could sexually abuse her own children. more >>

Sexual Abuse: Surviving the Pain
Reported incidents of child sexual abuse are markedly on the rise. What is especially shocking is the fact that these reports represent only a small portion of actual occurrences of sexual abuse. Incest affects individuals and families regardless of class, income, profession, religion or race. The statistics are truly alarming. It is currently estimated that one-third of all children are sexually abused before the age of 18. This includes 40% of all females and 30% of all males. The vast majority of these reports involve very young children, below age seven. more >>

Child Sexual Abuse – Myths & Facts
Very often when a child or youth is sexually abused, those people affected by the abuse are told many things by concerned friends, family members and professionals. It is not unusual for the “victims” of the abuse to become confused about what to believe or not to believe. more >>

Verbal/Physical Abuse

Signs of Verbal & Emotional Abuse
Do you wonder if your relationship may be abusive? Ask yourself these questions. If you answer ‘yes’ to more than a few, you may want to take a closer look. more >>

Verbal Abuse
The consequences of emotional and verbal abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse, though much harder to recognize, and therefore more difficult to recover from. Emotional and verbal abuse may cause long term self esteem issues. Listed are some examples of emotional and verbal abuse. more >>

Physical Abuse
Being able to recognize the signs of physical abuse is the first step towards its elimination. As a society, we have to start paying more attention to the acts of violence against children that we witness, or suspect to be occurring. more >>

What Is Abuse?
Abuse is a pattern of behavior that a person uses to try to control or dominate another person. Abuse does not have to be physical. The consequences of emotional abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse, though much harder to recognize, and therefore more difficult to recover from. Emotional abuse may cause long term self esteem issues. more >>

Child Pornography & Sex Rings

Child Pornography And Internet
Child pornography on the Internet is real child abuse. It uses real children and causes enormous damage for children and youth. The Internet is a very powerful new technology for exploiting children. There is an increased demand for the product and it uses emotionally detached language. These are not “cyberspace” children, these are our children. more >>

Child Prostitution And Child Sex Rings
Sex rings and child prostitution involves power structures which actively recruit vulnerable children and youth. Children used in sex rings are often subjected to terribly cruel and sadistic physical abuse in addition to sexual abuse. There is profound trauma associated with being used in child prostitution and child sex rings. more >>

Ritual Abuse

Common Programs Observed in Survivors of Satanic Ritual Abuse
Increasingly, cases of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) and Satanic Ritualistic Abuse (SRA) are being reported in the psychotherapeutic community. Though controversy concerning authenticity remains, such cases are slowly gaining in acceptability as a genuine social and psychopathological phenomenon. Concurrently, the etiological underpinnings and treatment demands of these special patients are being unraveled and understood as never before. As a result, it is becoming increasingly clear that perhaps the most demanding treatment aspects of such cases concern the problems posed by what is known as “cult programming.” more >>

Spin Programming: A Newly Uncovered Technique of Systematic Mind Control
Information obtained clinically from seven multiple personality patients with recalled histories of ritual abuse has revealed a coercive technique previously unknown to psychotherapists. This technique here labeled “spin programming,” appears designed to spread effects such as pain, painful emotions, and other feelings or urges globally throughout a patient’s personality system for purposes of either designing and building a young victim’s personality system, or harassing older victims and disrupting psychotherapy. Spin programming appears to be based on a combination of physical spinning, cognitive and imagery training, and repetition and practice aimed at creating an internal multi-alter spinning “mechanism” that can transmit the pain or affective components of numerous traumatic memories simultaneously to large groups of targeted alters. more >>

Ritual Abuse: Frequently Asked Questions
An extremely comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about ritual abuse. more >>

Programming: Understanding, Recognizing, and Nullifying It
This article is an overview of programming. There are many specific programs and effects. However, in my experience, the ways to change or halt the effects of programming, no matter what the specific program, are similar, just as some of the most common effects of programming are similar. So although this article is “only” an overview, it should help you to effectively deal with programming. more >>

Sibling Abuse

Understanding Sibling Incest
The issue of child abuse and neglect is an increasing social concern. Consequently the role of social workers is more pronounced and involved; especially that of a Child Protective Services worker. Perhaps one of the most trying issues for the worker is that of sibling-to- sibling sexual abuse. (I use the term “sibling-to-sibling” because some of the literature I have read categorizes father-daughter incest as sibling incest; herein referred to simply as sibling incest.) In this article, when sibling incest is mentioned it is referring generally to older brother abuse of a younger sister. Recognizing the risk factors, understanding the causes, and making an assessment, can be challenging. Many sibling offenders are found to have a history of abuses suffered themselves. While this does not excuse their behavior, it may overlook a deeper and more volatile issue. Even though sibling offenders may be viewed as having suffered from abuse themselves prior to their abusing, the sibling abuse they inflict may stem from their own unmet needs more than from the fact of having been abused themselves. more >>

Sibling Sexual Abuse: An Emerging Awareness of an Ignored Childhood Trauma
The 90s may well turn out to be the decade of disclosure, when long-held family secrets are revealed and both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence are acknowledged as such. In spite of the recent and sudden swell of sexual abuse-related testimonies and literature, one is still greatly challenged to unearth information on what may well be one of the last taboos: sibling sexual abuse — the sexual abuse of one sibling by another. more >>

Other Abuse Info

False Memory Syndrome: The Debate
There is a debate amongst the professionals and the not so professional (layman) over the validity of MPD or DID and the bigger issues regarding “false memory syndrome.” Many of these sites are very difficult to read by the very nature of their arguments. more >>

Grounding Techniques
As survivors we all at one time or another may experience flashbacks and/or periods of intense anxiety surrounding the memories of abuse. During those times it’s important to find ways to ground ourselves in the here and now until the feelings pass. Below is a compilation of all the techniques I know about that may help you through. more >>


Off Site Articles

  1. “Controversy Over Adult Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse”
    APA Panel 1996

  2. “Survivor Issues in Group Therapy”
    Catherine McAlpine, LCSW-C, and Barbara McCormick, LCSW-C 1994

  3. “Complicated Mourning: One Survivor’s Journey After the Death of an Abuser”
    Rae Baldwin 1994

  4. “Survivors and Health Care”
    Mary Beard, M.S., R.N.C. 1991

  5. “When Survivors Quit Smoking”
    Lynne M. Constantine and Suzanne Scott 1994

  6. “The Imperative for Professionals To Be Knowledgeable About Sexual Child Abuse”
    Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D. and Mary A. Allman, L.C.S.W. 1992

  7. “Baptized, Confirmed, Abused: Sexual Child Abuse Within the Church”
    David Clohessy 1992

  8. “The History of Child Abuse”
    Lloyd deMause 1994

  9. “Deaf Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Look at the Issues”
    Marge Elder 1993

  10. “Abused Because of Deafness?”
    Marge Elder 1993

  11. “Childhood Sexual Abuse and Loss: An Overview of Grief and Its Complications for Survivors”
    Helen Fitzgerald and Lana R. Lawrence 1994

  12. “Children’s Conceptualization of Sexual Abuse Prevention as Taught by “Keeping Ourselves Safe”
    C C M Woolley and T C M Gabriels 1999

  13. “The Inner Abuser”
    Dennis Gersten, M.D.

  14. “Partners and Spouses of Adult Survivors”
    Eliana Gil, Ph.D. 1992

  15. “Holiday Cheers or Tears”
    Eliana Gil, Ph.D. 1992

  16. ‘”Damaged Goods”: The Stigma of Childhood Sexual Abuse’
    Rebecca Hand, Ph.D. 2000

  17. “A Person of Color: Overcoming Barriers to Group Participation”
    M.E. Hart 1992

  18. “In the Wake of Childhood Maltreatment”
    Barbara Tatem Kelley, et al 1997

  19. “Frightened No Longer: Finding Safety After Sexual Child Abuse”
    Lana R. Lawrence 1992

  20. “Female Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse: An Overview of the Problem”
    Lisa Lipshires 1994

  21. “Sex Therapy with Survivors of Sexual Abuse”
    Wendy Maltz, M.S.W. 1994

  22. “Preparing for Medical Treatment”
    Diane Norman 1992

  23. “Group Experience Healing Through an AMAC Support Group”
    Mary Kay Pedigo 1992

  24. “Taking Control of Personal Finances”
    Mary K. Pedigo, CPA 1994

  25. “Sibling Sexual Abuse: An Emerging Awareness of an Ignored Childhood Trauma”
    Andrea L.T. Peterson 1992

  26. “The Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect”
    Marilyn Strachan Peterson & Anthony J. Urquiza 1993

  27. “Medical Community Takes Notice of Survivors’ Health Concerns”
    Mary Anne Riley 1992

  28. “Revictimization: Examining Its Occurrence in the Lives of Survivors”
    Mary Anne Riley 1992

  29. “Just Another “Special Interest Group”? Survivors and National Health Care Reform”
    Mary Anne Riley 1993

  30. “Survivors and the Food Connection”
    Suzanne Scott and Lynne M. Constantine1992

  31. “The Highly Misleading Truth and Responsibility in Mental Health Practices Act: The “False Memory” Movement’s Remedy for a Nonexistent Problem”
    Judith M. Simon 1995

  32. “Acceptance Theory And The Treatment Of Abuse Survivors: Implications Of Acceptance Theory For The Treatment Of Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse”
    Kelly G. Wilson, et al 2000

  33. “Conflict Between Current Knowledge About Post traumatic Stress Disorder and Its Original Conceptual Basis”
    Rachel Yehuda, PhD, et al 1995

  34. “Self-Inflicted Violence: Helping Those Who Hurt Themselves”
    Tracy Alderman, Ph.D.

  35. “Program Addresses Struggle With Self Mutilation”
    CNN 1998

  36. “Self Injury”
    Leonard Holmes, PhD 1998

  37. “Living Under the Knife”
    Fiona Morgan 1998

  38. “The Unkindest Cut”
    Sylvia Rubin 1998

  39. “Self-Injury Poorly Understood Problem”
    Dana Sullivan 1998


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Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life & Work

Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life & Work


Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life & Work
by Louise Desalvo

Book Description:
The importance of this book lies in its central placement of incestuous abuse as a biographical key to Woolf’s many portraits of childhood and adolescence in her fiction. Logo

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse


Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse
by Mic Hunter

This book explores the myth that sexual abuse of male children is rare, and that the consequences are less serious than for girls. Logo

Abused: A Guide to Recovery for Adult Survivors of Emotional/Physical Child Abuse

Abused: A Guide to Recovery for Adult Survivors of Emotional/Physical Child Abuse


Abused: A Guide to Recovery for Adult Survivors of Emotional/Physical Child Abuse
by Dee Anna Parrish

An entry-level book covering child abuse in all its forms: physical violence, neglect, deprivation, ridicule, and inappropriate sexual advances.

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