Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Journey for Women

Overview

The traumatic affects of childhood sexual abuse can remain and recur throughout life for women who have not healed emotionally. This book by a family therapist shares stories from 18 women abused as children, explaining that healing can occur at any stage of life, and that healing, itself, occurs in stages. The author offers guidance to recognize the long-lingering potential affects of childhood sexual abuse including depression, anxiety, dissociation, and chronic shock, and she outlines steps to take for ...
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Overview

The traumatic affects of childhood sexual abuse can remain and recur throughout life for women who have not healed emotionally. This book by a family therapist shares stories from 18 women abused as children, explaining that healing can occur at any stage of life, and that healing, itself, occurs in stages. The author offers guidance to recognize the long-lingering potential affects of childhood sexual abuse including depression, anxiety, dissociation, and chronic shock, and she outlines steps to take for recovery. Also presented are letters from women who have healed or are in recovery.
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What People Are Saying

Beverly Engel

"Karen Duncan has written a gem of a book. She took her 21 years of clinical experience and study and created an effective treatment program for women who were sexually abused as children. The book offers a wealth of information and support--particularly about the issue of disclosing the sexual abuse to family members and others. I highly recommend it to survivors and their advocates. Professionals working with this population will find the book particularly valuable."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313363214
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,211,823
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN A. DUNCAN has 22 years clinical experience working with women, children, and families in their recovery from sexual abuse. She has presented at conferences throughout the United States in the education regarding and prevention of sexual abuse. She is the author of a comprehensive adult education program entitled "The Right to Be Safe: Adult Education to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse" that is offered free of charge on the Web site theright2besafe.org. Duncan has served as Adjunct Professor teaching General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Women Studies. She received the 2005 Social Worker of the Year Award for Region 7 from the National Association of Social Workers, Indiana Chapter. Ms. Duncan can be reached through her Web site at healing4women.com.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The trauma of childhood sexual abuse 8
Ch. 2 Remembering the trauma 31
Ch. 3 A family legacy 51
Ch. 4 Chronic shock symptoms and dissociation 65
Ch. 5 The stages of treatment and healing 80
Ch. 6 Prolonged problems from childhood sexual abuse 95
Ch. 7 Ending the pretense 130
Ch. 8 Moral, legal, and family issues related to exposing a perpetrator 146
Ch. 9 The therapeutic relationship 164
Ch. 10 The voices of women 182
App. A Trauma and memory 191
App. B Distorted thought patterns 195
App. C Characteristics of a healthy family 198
App. D Symptoms of chronic shock 200
App. E Managing anxiety 202
App. F Dissolving the rage and anger 205
App. G Boundaries 207
App. H Suggestions for family members 210
App. I Forgiveness 215
App. J Post-traumatic stress disorder 217
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