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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In what will likely be a controversial book, Clancy (psychology associate, Harvard Univ.; Abducted) argues against the commonly accepted trauma model-that sexual abuse victims feel trauma or fear at ... Read full review

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Excellent book that brings one the greatest myths of our time to light. While already refuted as a scientific theory, the idea that CSA is harmful in itself is widely popular among people in general. Clancy does a excellent job in spreading this knowledge outside of pure academics and this book should be read by everyone.
Highly recommended.
 

Contents

Introduction
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5
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Conclusion
179
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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NOTES
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INDEX
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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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