This workbook accompanies Treating Nonoffending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Connections for Family Safety. It features many useful checklists, illustrative diagrams, and spaces to record thoughts and feelings as the client works through the process.
Chapter 1: Common Feelings of Parents and Partners
Common Feelings of Parents and Partners
Welcome to the Connections program. We're glad you're here, but let's be honest: You're probably not. Most people start out at Connections wishing they could be anywhere else. That's only natural. They don't know what to expect, and they're afraid they might be misunderstood or judged. They know they will be expected to talk about things that are deeply disturbing, and that may be the last thing they want to do. Most of all, they just wish the sexual abuse that brought them here had never happened.
If you're like many nonoffending parents, you have probably suffered in silence since you found out about the sexual abuse. You may feel as though you have no ...