We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Sex Education in Schools

Back in 1959 when I was in the 6th grade, I sat through a health class where they talked about girls’ menstrual cycles. What they didn’t know was that I had been sexually molested by my father during the previous eight years. I am sure that same scenario is still playing out today in schools all over America.

Measuring Child Abuse

To give one of the most accurate descriptions on reporting the incidents of child abuse, I refer you to the Fourth Annual Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)[1] conducted by Westat, Inc. for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which provides the following information.

Child Abuse Reporting Minimized

A drop in child abuse was first erroneously reported in 2010 in the New York Times which stated that the incidents of child abuse and neglect had dropped 38% from 1993 to 2006. That same year, at NBC NEWS.com, they also incorrectly reported that Child Abuse Drops Sharply in US”… “by 26 percent from 1993 to 2006.[1]

Child Abuse & Neglect Survey

My name is Sandra Trott. I am currently working on my dissertation to obtain a doctorate in counseling psychology. I am in need of participants for my study. The purpose of my study is to explore how abuse/neglect in childhood and or adulthood affects interpersonal relationships and interactions with coworkers. I was drawn to this particular topic due to the abuse my sisters and I endured during childhood and the domestic violence my mother and two of my sisters have experienced in their marriages. This new line of research might provide mental health professionals and crisis workers additional insights as to areas that survivors may need support.

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Diagnoses for Children with Multiple Traumas - Part 2

The American Psychological Association is proposing a new diagnosis called “Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) for the next edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V). According to a May 2005 article in Psychiatric Annals (Vol. 34, No. 5, pages 401-408) by Boston University Medical Center psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD, for children to meet the criteria for DTD, they would have to show:[1]

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