By Emily Driver, Audrey Droisen
An exam of kid sexual abuse which developed over years within which the editors received a lot aid and thought from a number of teams together with the London Women's Centre and the Incest Survivors' crusade. there are various references to US in addition to British legislation.
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Extra info for Child sexual abuse : a feminist reader
Her existential outrage at the abuse is one shared by all women who have been abused in childhood. No woman suffers it gladly. For most, the memory of abuse is one of pain and self-disgust. Sexual abuse of children is often hidden, but it frequently brings in its train the disruption of childhood, the diminishment of adolescence, and the devastation of adult mental health. How widespread is child sexual abuse? How can such abuse be prevented? How can victims be healed? How can aggressors be deterred and reformed?
Of particular note among early psychiatric literature is the often cited study of Drs Lauretta Bender and Abram Blau in 1937. This study was one of the first attempts to document the effects on children who had sexual experiences with adults, and as such is a common reference in subsequent reviews. Over half of the 16 children studied were described as having dull, normal, or inferior intelligence, noted together with problems of developmental delay, prolonged infantile behaviour, and social handicaps.
These spasms do not feel random. They are the convulsions of a child being raped through the mouth. (Fraser 1987:220) At this moment, she understands the horrible truth of her childhood. In the weeks that follow, Sylvia has a series of waking convulsions, each reliving a different episode of abuse. The final chapter of this book is extraordinary, beautiful, and lyrical, like a soliloquy culminating an opera by Janacek. Her mother, now 83, still lives in the same house where Sylvia was born, brought up, and brutalized.