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When we were abused as young children, our emotions were very near the surface and visible to others. As we got older, though, and began to understand what was happening to us, we clamped down on our outwardly expression of emotions.

Posted by on in Abuse and Neglect

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.”

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.

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By failing to have a consistent and adequate caretaker, an infant or young child will be unsuccessful in achieving the goal of establishing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with their adult caretaker. The consequences of such a failure can be profound. Through these repeated, neglectful experiences with a caretaker, an infant or child develops an expectation of being neglected by others in the future. Therefore, the child’s sense of self is adversely affected.

Children who have been sexually victimized usually report some type of intrapersonal disturbance. A victimized child feels he/she is unable to protect him/herself, is vulnerable to invasion by others, and feels different from others which many times leads to a sense of isolation, and often develops a sense of low self-esteem. If the abuse is from within the family, he/she feels a sense of betrayal.

The most significant factor within a child’s life is his/her relationship (i.e., attachment) to his/her parents. Within our society, this attachment is typically a mother infant/child relationship, because most fathers have not yet taken equal responsibility for the caretaking of young children.

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The National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending stressed that the primary objective of interventions with juveniles who have sexually offended is community safety. The primary goals of treatment interventions with these juveniles are helping them to gain control over their sexually abusive behaviors and to increase their pro-social interactions with peers and adults. The main treatment objectives are preventing further victimization, halting the development of additional psychosexual problems, and helping the juvenile develop age-appropriate relationships with peers.1

Posted by on in Research

Studies of families of children who have engaged in sexually aggressive behavior reveal they tended to be characterized as dysfunctional, evidencing high rates of parental separation, domestic violence, substance abuse, highly sexualized environments (e.g., exposing children to sexual activity, pornography, and both covert and overt sexual abuse), unsatisfactory role models, poor parent-child relationships, parental histories of childhood abuse and so on.1 The evidence points to family interactions as a primary source of the problem.

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Incidence reports on juvenile sex offenders may underestimate the extent of the problem for female offenders because of a societal reluctance to acknowledge that girls are capable of committing sex offenses.1

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The childhood experiences of physical and/or sexual abuse, being neglected, and witnessing family violence have been associated with juvenile sex offending. A study of 1,600 juvenile sex offenders from 30 States found that only 1/3 of the juveniles perceived sex as a way to demonstrate love or caring for another person; others perceived sex as a way to feel power and control, to dissipate anger, or to hurt, degrade, or punish others.1

Did you grow up with a narcissistic parent? Both my mother and father were and, unfortunately, I was the brunt of their angry and selfish behaviors. Narcissists have an inordinate fascination with themselves. They would rather risk the loss of true relationships than reveal a chink in their fragile egos.

The ethics of responsible conduct in research has been a long-term issue. In January 2002 the Association of American Medical Colleges approved a report by its task force stating: “Financial conflicts of interest of clinical investigators… [is] the single issue that poses the greatest threat to maintaining public trust in biomedical research.”1

This blog is a continuation of the discussion about mental disorders in “Mental Diagnoses of Child Abuse Survivors-Part 1.” It is important to understand the magnitude of the psychiatric illnesses survivors have to cope with on a daily basis to gain insight into the plight of America’s 50 million victims of abuse.

It seems like most of the coverage about mental health disorders is primarily presented by pharmaceutical companies. The main ones talked about in general are those affecting people diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. Research gives us a more accurate picture of both the scope of mental illnesses and the major disorders affecting Americans.

Recent Comments - Show all comments
  • Diane says #
    I'm sorry, but I don't understand when you say survivors are told "they imagined the sins committed against them." I do know for y
  • shelaghstephen says #
    I do not deny that good trauma therapists may exist. But they cannot read the minds of their 'patients' and any real therapist wil
  • Diane says #
    I can understand why you may feel that way. There is a lack of trained trauma therapists, and survivors have had problems in findi
  • shelaghstephen says #
    Psychology is fake science. These 'diagnoses' are based solely upon victims' testimonials with no examination of objectively verif

Posted by on in Media

One of the reasons I launched this blog was due to the media’s ineffective and ill-served use of their power to inform/persuade. I wrote to some of the top media companies in 2009 and said, “The Surgeon General has said that family violence is now at an epidemic level.1 The United States Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect has concluded that child abuse and neglect in the United States now represents a national emergency.”2

Posted by on in Healing

Untangling the complexity of emotions associated with sexual trauma is a challenge that even Houdini would appreciate. It takes time to learn how to do it. At times, because there is such pain along the way, it seems easier to give up. “It’s too much,” we say. “It will never change; it’s unbearable.”

The Brookings Institute conducted a six year study and published its findings in 2007 in a report titled, “Child Protection and Parent Training Programs.” They wanted to:

Posted by on in Abuse and Neglect

If you want to understand the underlying causes of youth violence, look at how many of America’s young children are treated at home. Child abuse increases the chances a child will become violent because it interrupts their normal emotional, social, and intellectual development. Listed below are ways in which child abuse can shape aggressive behavior.1

Senator Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash in 2002, was a champion for the downtrodden and those suffering from mental illness. He worked hard to represent the “least of us” and for that I am very grateful. I want to provide you with information about a bill he introduced in Congress in 2001 – about 13 years ago. And yes, you guessed it. It was not introduced into law. It was called the “Children Who Witness Domestic Violence Act.”

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In 2001 a bill was introduced in Congress, the Responsible Fatherhood Act of 2001. There was another bill called the Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009 that was introduced. The first one in 2001 was to provide grants to States to encourage media campaigns to promote responsible fatherhood skills and for other purposes.

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Dear Diane Champé,
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