The Effects of Childhood Abuse and the Process of Recovery

The Effects of Childhood Abuse and the Process of Recovery by Malcolm Underhill Child abuse statistics Research on child abuse in the UK reveals shocking results. An estimated 1 in 20 children have been abused; over 23,000 sexual offences against children were recorded last year (source: NSPCC and ChildLine). Childhood trauma … Continue reading

A Person of Color: Overcoming Barriers to Group Participation

A Person of Color: Overcoming Barriers to Group Participation By M.E. Hart I am an African-American male whose abuse, perpetrated by multiple abusers, began at age four and lasted for 15 years. The camaraderie and understanding of the groups I worked with helped me rebuild my self-esteem and regain control … Continue reading

Female perpetrators: Child Sexual Abuse

Female Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse: An Overview of the Problem By Lisa Lipshires Although Turner had previously counseled male sex offenders, she had never encountered a woman who wanted to sexually abuse a child. Alarmed, she consulted other therapists, but none had ever encountered — or even heard of … Continue reading

The Legal Consequences of Speaking Out About Abuse

The Legal Consequences of Speaking Out About Abuse By Elaine P. English Acknowledging the realities of abuse is an important part of the recovery of all survivors. In many cases, this acknowledgment is made publicly. There are, however, serious legal consequences associated with public statements about acts of abuse, and … Continue reading

Ritual of Reconciliation: An Alternative to Litigation

Ritual of Reconciliation: An Alternative to Litigation by Mic Hunter Psy.D., LP, LMFT In recent years increasing numbers of survivors of childhood sexual abuse have sued their perpetrators for damages. Litigation serves to punish those responsible for the abuse, focuses society’s attention on the problem of sexual abuse, and provides … Continue reading