The Trauma Myth: The Truth about the Sexual Abuse of Children--And Its Aftermath

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Basic Books, 2009 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 256 pages
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Few would argue that the experience of sexual abuse is deeply traumatic for a child. But in this explosive new book, psychologist Susan Clancy reports on years of research and contends that it is not the abuse itself that causes trauma—but rather the narrative that is later imposed on the abuse experience. Clancy demonstrates that the most common feeling victims report is not fear or panic, but confusion. Because children don’t understand sexual encounters in the same ways that adults do, they normally accommodate their perpetrators— something they feel intensely ashamed about as adults. The professional assumptions about the nature of childhood trauma can harm victims by reinforcing these feelings. Survivors are thus victimized not only by their abusers but also by the industry dedicated to helping them. Path-breaking and controversial, The Trauma Myth empowers survivors to tell their own stories, and radically reshapes our understanding of abuse and its aftermath.
  

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Review: The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children--and Its Aftermath

User Review  - talkingtocactus - Goodreads

this isn't an easy book to read - in terms of content anyway. it's well written and lucid, but pretty horrific. gave me a lot to think about... Read full review

Review: The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children--and Its Aftermath

User Review  - Lindsay - Goodreads

I would recommend this book for anyone who works with sexual abuse victims. It offers a new view on sexual abuse which is very different from what society has been taught. A good (professional) read. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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5
149
Conclusion
179
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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NOTES
207
INDEX
231
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Susan A. Clancy is a psychology associate at Harvard and Research Director of the Center for Women’s Advancement, Development and Leadership at INCAE. She is the author of Abducted. She has been featured in Scientific American, Psychology Today, and the New York Times, and has appeared on Larry King Live, CNN, and more. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Managua, Nicaragua.

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