Sibling Abuse: Hidden Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma
Publication Year: 1997
Often excused by parents as `kids will be kids' behaviour, sibling abuse remains largely unrecognized. Symptoms of such abuse and its devastating effects on victims go undetected, victims do not receive appropriate therapeutic intervention, and transgressors do not come to the attention of the courts. The author of this book brings this neglected area `out of the shadows' with personal accounts of adult survivors, insights into why sibling abuse occurs, suggestions for prevention and implications for treatment.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Sibling Abuse: An Undetected Problem
- Chapter 2: Physical Abuse
- Chapter 3: Emotional Abuse
- Chapter 4: Sexual Abuse
- Chapter 5: Parental Reactions to Sibling Abuse
- Chapter 6: Understanding Sibling Abuse
- Chapter 7: Effects of Sibling Abuse on the Survivor
- Chapter 8: Distinguishing Abusive Behavior from Normal Behavior
- Chapter 9: Preventing Sibling Abuse
- Chapter 10: Treatment of Sibling Abuse Survivors
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Wiehe, Vernon R.
Sibling abuse: Hidden physical, emotional, and sexual trauma/Vernon R. Wiehe.—2nd ed.
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To my wife, Donna, whom I admire, respect, and deeply love, and who has struggled so bravely from a debilitating stroke.
A Final Word[Page 201]
Perhaps you became interested in this book because of the title. You may have seen yourself in the title. You may have been abused as a child—not by a parent or other adults, but by a sibling. As you read how the survivors were physically, emotionally, or sexually abused by a sibling, you may have said to yourself, “That's me! That was what life was like for me as a child.”
If so, you are not predestined for a life of emotional pain and suffering. You may be at peace with the abuse and your sibling who perpetrated the abuse. Regardless of how this was resolved for you, it is good it was.
Unfortunately, for others this may not be true. You may be experiencing the effects of the abuse referred to by the survivors—low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, depression, substance abuse, difficulties in interpersonal relationships. If this is happening in your life and you see yourself in the survivors' comments in these pages, you are encouraged to seek help. Reread the pages in Chapter 9 on seeking professional help. Why prolong your suffering? Help is available, if only you reach out for it!
For still others, abuse may not have been a part of your life. But you may be asking, “How can we stop this senseless abuse—child abuse, spouse abuse, elder abuse, and now sibling abuse?” Only through your personal involvement in preventing the problem can the abuse of one individual by another be stopped. There are numerous ways to become involved—as volunteers with local agencies working in domestic violence, [Page 202]at spouse abuse shelters, at day-care centers for children from abusive homes, in support groups for those who have been abused, and in countless other ways. Contact a social agency in your community that works in the field of domestic violence. This could mark the beginning of your involvement in helping bring family violence to an end in our society.
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