This easy-to-follow manual presents techniques for working with groups of children who have been sexually abused. It begins with an overview of the theory and literature of group therapy with children and then offers seven sections on psycho-social skill building techniques, trust building, self esteem, identifying and expressing feelings, healing the inner child, relationships, boundary setting, and prevention skills.
Chapter 11: Healthy Body Image and Self-Protection Exercises
Healthy Body Image and Self-Protection Exercises
A body can become a frightening, dangerous, and powerful reality for a sexually abused child. Because it is “the body” that seems to attract the abuser's attention (threats, touches, tricks, violations, and manipulations), it is “the body” that a child learns to fear and wishes to escape, control, or use to defend against the abuse.
Children's developing ideas and images about themselves and others are shaped largely by their relationships. Abusive relationships confuse and distort a child's self-image. The dynamics of sexual abuse often negatively influence children's ideas about who they are, how they look and feel, and how others view them.
Healthy body image and self-protection exercises are used to correct these distorted images and ...