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 5: If You Were Sexually Abused as a Child
If You Were Sexually Abused as a Child
You might find that one of the most painful parts of dealing with the sexual abuse of your child is that it has reminded you of your own abuse when you were a child. If you were sexually abused, you may have feelings about your own abuse that are now surfacing and that you need to discuss. Feel free to talk about these issues in your group or to request individual sessions with your therapist.
If you were sexually abused, your own abuse may also influence the ways you respond to your child's abuse (or your partner's abuse of another child). For example, without even realizing it, women sometimes are tempted ...