Child Protection & Confidentiality

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    • 00:04

      COUNSELOR: So Frank, before we start this week,I'd like to actually recap.Because it seemed to me last week was an important session.And there was a lot of anger in the room.You talked about your anger, and wehad spoken about your experience of sexual abuseat the hands of your stepfather.

    • 00:25

      COUNSELOR [continued]: So I just wanted us to take some time.And I guess I wanted to ask if you'vehad any thoughts or any new feelings thathave come up since last week.

    • 00:37

      FRANK: Yeah, so OK, I know I got very angry.I'm sorry, but you were talking about thingsthat are quite sensitive.And I feel kind of--I don't know.I feel anger, but I feel like dirty and like ashamed I guess.

    • 01:05

      COUNSELOR: Well, this is the place to be angry.It's fine to be angry here.I know you said last week that youdidn't want to go to any authorities about this.But I was wondering if you had any further thoughts on that.

    • 01:24

      FRANK: No, I don't.No, I don't want to do that.Look, my mom is--she's happy.And she doesn't know, and it's just better that way.And so is my brother, and I don't want to, OK?I'm sorry.I know you probably want me to, but that would literallyruin their lives.

    • 01:45

      FRANK [continued]: And I'm not going to do that to them.It's not fair.I don't think it would make me feel better either.So no, I'm sorry.I actually just don't want to do that.

    • 01:55

      COUNSELOR: I'm not suggesting that you do.What I'm suggesting is that we explore the possibility herein this safe room.

    • 02:05

      FRANK: Yeah, I know.But it's not like--if I went to the authorities, then it's not safe for my mom.And it's not safe for my little brother.

    • 02:19

      COUNSELOR: It feels difficult to talk about it now.

    • 02:23

      FRANK: I haven't told my momma nothingbecause he told me not to.So it's like he said he'd--I don't know.He said he'd hurt her and stuff if I did say anything.So I didn't tell her.And then I can't--

    • 02:43

      FRANK [continued]: I didn't want to tell my friends or nothingbecause, I don't know.I was kind of embarrassed I guess.I don't know.He was just kind of scary, so I justdidn't do nothing about it.But now it's good talking to you and stuff I suppose.

    • 03:05

      COUNSELOR: I imagine you still feel some of thatfear that he instilled in you.

    • 03:10

      FRANK: Yeah, it's OK because I've moved away so.I don't care about him.He can't-- I know that he can hurt me now.And he's not actually even that big anymore.I could probably fight him or something.But I don't know.

    • 03:33

      FRANK [continued]: I feel just a little bit like or I justgot a little half brother, like he's like seven now.So that's when I started getting abusive stuff from him,from my stepdad.

    • 03:54

      FRANK [continued]: I don't know what's happening with him.

    • 03:57

      COUNSELOR: Your little brother's stillat home with your stepfather.

    • 04:00

      FRANK: Yeah, yeah, yeah, he's still there.So I'm just kind of worried like he doesn't have anything.He doesn't have anywhere he can go,and I'm just worried that maybe the same thing'shappening again.

Child Protection & Confidentiality

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A counselor discusses abuse with a client and learns another child may be at risk.

Child Protection & Confidentiality

A counselor discusses abuse with a client and learns another child may be at risk.

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