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Parenting a Sexually Abused Child

Children who have been sexually abused and placed in foster care or are adopted need rules to help provide structure, comfort and security. Experts in the field of adoption and child sexual abuse believe the guidelines listed below will help the child to build trust with their new family.1

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Cycle of Child Abuse Trauma—Part 1

Child abuse and neglect encompasses lifelong consequences due to what I have identified as a “Cycle of Trauma.” We, as survivors, don’t realize until much later in life that the methods we developed and used to cope as children are carried forward into our adult lives. I’ll discuss four aspects of the trauma cycle, both in childhood and then how it is carried forward into adulthood. It begins with what I call the “original setup.”

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Justice for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

On the evening of April 28, the film Pursuit of Truth was shown at our law offices of Alston & Bird in Washington, D.C. It depicts the horrendous obstacles adult survivors of child abuse face in the criminal justice system when trying to sue their perpetrators. There exists a brick wall of denial in America about the long-term impact of child abuse. Diane VanHOllen

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Roadblocks Confronting Abuse Survivors

panel 6On April 18, 2014, the E Diane Champé Institute hosted a panel discussion on the plight of adult survivors of child sexual abuse. It was titled:  Recovering from Child Sexual Abuse:  Societal and Policy Roadblocks Confronting Adult Survivors – A Policy Briefing.

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Disclosing Child Sexual Abuse

When a child is sexually abused, they normally don’t tell anyone. When they become adults, they either never tell anyone or wait for years/decades before disclosing their abuse. The primary reason for this is the negative responses from others which are unconscionable. This is what I call the “Brick Wall of Denial.”