This courageous and powerful book is a first step in addressing the secrecy, distress, anger, and fear surrounding female sexual abuse of children. Refuting the rationales for our lack of attention to the problem and contradicting some commonly held beliefs about sexual abuse, it combines accounts from survivors with input from professionals working with both survivors and abusers.
Part I presents contributions from professionals who discuss aspects of female sexual abuse ranging from impact and treatment issues for victims of childhood sexual abuse by female perpetrators to the paradox of women who sexually abuse children. The second part is devoted to survivors--it presents stories from both men and women, then provides self-help guidelines for both. The book concludes with a valuable section on resources which includes a review of the existing literature on female child molestation as well as a listing of pertinent books and help organizations.
FEMALE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN also addresses the controversial issue of current statistics that show that female sexual abuse is very rare and the question of whether it is being underreported due to fear from survivors that they will not be believed or supported. Regardless of the true magnitude of this problem, secrecy or denial about any aspect of child abuse must be avoided. Whatever future studies may show about this problem, it will not diminish this book's importance in taking the step of exploring this issue.
|Publisher:||Guilford Publications, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Michele Elliot is a Child Psychologist and founder and Director of the children's protection agency KIDSCAPE, in London, UK. She has chaired World Health Organization and Home Office working groups on child sexual abuse and was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship. She has published numerous books and articles and is a leading expert in the field of child abuse prevention.
Table of ContentsPARTIAL TABLE OF CONTENTS: PROFESSIONALS
What Survivors tell Us - An Overview (M. Elliott)
Impact and Treatment Issues for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Female Perpetrators (S. Sgroi & N. Sargent)
Helping Survivors Through Counselling (K. Hunter)
A Survivor's and Therapist's Viewpoint (C. Longdon)
Working with Female Sexual Abusers (J. Matthews)
Barbara's Story - A Mother who Sexually Abused (H. Eldridge)
Female Abusers - What Children and Young People have told ChildLine (H. Harrison)
The Paradox of Women who Sexually Abuse Children (O. Wolfers)
Women Abusers - A Feminist View (V. Young)
Self-Help for Survivors (V. Young)
Female Child Molesters: A Review of the Literature (K. Jennings)
What People are Saying About This
An important and challenging work. Michele Elliott and her colleagues guide us through denial, stereotypes, and conventional misinformation to an unflinching examination of painful realities. The theoretical, research, and clinical chapters help to forge a new understanding of the issues and set directions for further explorations. Many survivors, both male and female, will finally have their experiences validated. The powerfully moving survivors' stories will be vital tools for survivors in their healing and will aid therapists in understanding the complexitites of recovery from sexuality abuse by females.
Mike Lew, Victims No Longer: Men Recovering From Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse
The subject of female sexual abuse has been a dark, unexplored corner of our field. Like most abhorrent aspects of human behavior, it is easier and more emotional congruent to deny, ignore, or discredit that which we cannot accept or will not acknowledge. Historical reactions to the discovery (and rediscovery) of incest - from Freud to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation - are poignant tributes to the enduring strength of our collective resistance.... There is no room in this, of all fields, for secrecy or denial about any aspect of child abuse. There is no room for cowardice, political ideology, or the focus of our attention in resources on one area to the total exclusion of others. This is a bold book and a valuable resource for our time.
From the ForeWord by Kee MacSarlane