Disability and Child Sexual Abuse: Lessons from Survivors' Narratives for Effective Protection, Prevention and Treatment

Disability and Child Sexual Abuse: Lessons from Survivors' Narratives for Effective Protection, Prevention and Treatment

by Martina Higgins, John Swain

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Disability and Child Sexual Abuse: Lessons from Survivors' Narratives for Effective Protection, Prevention and Treatment by Martina Higgins, John Swain

Disability and Child Sexual Abuse examines the ways in which society marginalises, institutionalises and places disabled children in situations of unacceptable risk, andhow - as evidenced in the survivors' narratives - patterns of service delivery can contribute to the problem.

Based on theaccountsof seven disabled individuals who were sexually abused in childhood, the book highlights a wide range of pertinent issues. Through case vignettes and empirical research, the authors ask practitioners to scrutinise their current professional practice, exploring participants' experiences of hospitalisation, education systems and local authorities. They consider the issue of who abuses and why, and highlight issues relating to the complexities involved in revisiting past experiences and confronting unwarranted and unwanted feelings of responsibility. Thedifficultyof recounting the abuse narrative is also examined within the research context.

This book will be relevant for professionals and students in the social, health and education services, such as social workers, teachers and counsellors. It will alsooffer insights forthose seeking a less disablist society, including disabled people themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843105633
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martina Higgins is a disabled parent of a disabled child. She has previously worked as a social work practitioner and manager, predominantly in the field of child protection. John Swain is Professor of Disability and Inclusion at Northumbria University, and has worked in Disability Studies for over 25 years. He is Executive Editor of the Disability and Society Journal, and has written approximately 70 publications, including From a Different Viewpoint: The Lives and Experiences of Visually Impaired People, with Sally French, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Seven Disabled People with Telling Stories. 2. Narrative and Enabling Stories of Child Abuse. 3. An Abusive Society? 4. The Double Whammy Effect. 5. Expressions and Survival of Pain. 6. Organizational Abuse. 7. Who Abuses and Why? 8. Collective Identities. 9. Narratives of the Narrative. 10. Conclusion: towards a Non-Abusive Society. References. Index

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