Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 13

The 1990s was a time when the ugliness of those who wanted to protect child molesters really reared its head. Not only was it unbelievable what they were doing, but also that the media believed their ridiculous banter hook, line, and sinker. And who bears the brunt, even to this day, for their brazen and hideous behavior? Adult survivors of child abuse and therapists. Here is a sampling of what went on about 20 years ago.

Diane

Catholic Church Mirrors Incestuous Families

The Catholic Church, along with almost every other religious organization, has sheltered child molesters within their “families.” It is just that there has been a lot more coverage of the Catholic Church by the media.  What is very obvious to me and other survivors is the hypocrisy and feigned repugnance of the American public about these abuse revelations. It happens every day in American homes and yet there is no public outcry.

Diane

Child Abuse Perpetrator Behavior

Child abuse perpetrators, sad to say, are most of the time our fathers, mothers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, brothers, cousins, or mother’s boyfriends. Because these perpetrators did not get their own developmental needs met when growing up, they turned to their own children, especially when there was marital strife, to get their emotional and distorted power needs met. Add to this picture drug abuse (which includes alcohol) and you can understand the high level of dysfunctional families in America.

Diane

The Church and Child Abuse

During my 23 years of therapy, I went from one church to another looking for sustenance and support for the child abuse trauma I was working through. My search included many faiths and practices, everything from the Catholic Church to the Quakers. It was very disheartening.