When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parents' Guide to Healing and Recovery

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parents' Guide to Healing and Recovery

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parents' Guide to Healing and Recovery

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parents' Guide to Healing and Recovery


This is the thoroughly revised and updated edition of the best-selling guide for families of children who have been molested. First published in 1988, this new edition includes current research and information on the nature and effects of molestation on boys and girls, as well as proven techniques for therapy, healing, and recovery. Using everyday language, the authors provide information, comfort, and advice on how to put the pieces back together again after a child has been sexually molested. "This book is an excellent discovery for parents, child welfare professionals, trauma team members, mental health professionals providing counseling and therapy, and all of those who would seek to help parents of victims and the child victims of sexual abuse." -Carol A. Brown, retired executive director, Richland County Children's Services, Mansfield, Ohio "Sexual abuse of a child frequently paralyzes families due to their huge sense of violation and betrayal-but [the book has] a remedy that works! Through [its] warmth and knowledge [it] both alleviates guilt and empowers parents to take constructive action by arming them with clear information and strategies that will both support their child and themselves." -Patricia A. O'Gorman, psychologist, clinical director of Berkshire Farm and Services for Youth, and coauthor, The Lowdown on Families Who Get High "Must reading for parents who discover-or fear-that their child has been sexually molested. [The book's] expert advice helps families deal with the problem effectively and heal all affected by it." -Sue Rusche, chairman, president, and CEO, National Families in Action, and coauthor, False Messengers


The first edition of this book, written in 1988, was one of the few guides available at that time to parents of sexually molested children. Since then, we have learned more about child sexual abuse; we now know about the impact of terrifying experiences (such as sexual assault) on brain function and Secondary Traumatic Stress. This new edition contains this updated material about child and adolescent sexual molestation.

Because of the limited opportunities to learn about the legal and psychological consequences of child sexual assault, which are complex and often long-term, parents can be confounded by their situation. Dealing with the sexual abuse of a child is frequently a confusing and lonely experience.

This book provides information and advice. When caregivers know the facts and apply the interventions suggested here, they are better skilled to work with authorities, cope with personal anxiety, and participate in their child's healing.

This book can be read from beginning to end or by chapter topic. For instance, if a child abuse report has already been made, you may wish to skip to the formal, or forensic, interview section. Or you may want to immediately read about how you can help your child recover, a topic covered in Chapter Ten.

“Reality checks” are provided throughout the text. Compare these with your personal experience, and use them to clarify any . . .

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