Archive for March 30, 2010

Healing From Child Sexual Abuse – Relationships (Video # 2)

Healing From Child Sexual Abuse – Trust (Video # 1)


Healing From Child Sexual Abuse – Learning to Trust

TRUST is a big issue for anyone who suffered child abuse.  Survivors tend to fall into two categories:  those who trust everybody and those who trust nobody.  When you think about it, neither style represents true trust.

It’s no wonder trust is a big issue for those of us who were neglected or abused as children.   When we were vulnerable and helpless, the very adults who were supposed to be looking after us, betrayed us.  Lacking models of trustworthy people, we never learned who was safe to trust. Read more

How Knowledge of Child Sexual Abuse Retreated into the Shadows

Within a year of announcing his discovery that child sexual abuse was the underlying cause of hysteria, Sigmund Freud repudiated his findings because of public opinion.

He’d told the world that child sexual abuse was the cause of dissociation and behaviours we associate with trauma.  In other words, child sexual abuse was a very common experience.

In his book Freud, A Life For Our Times, Peter Gay explains that Freud could not afford to offend the influential men of his century.  As well, he had a family to support and needed referrals for his practice as an analyst. Perhaps most of all, Freud craved fame. Read more

Freud Exposed Child Abuse 100 Years Ago

This article continues the discussion of how child sexual abuse was uncovered and then buried again, this time over 100 years ago by Sigmund Freud (who had discovered that child sexual abuse was the cause of hysteria).

In 1896, Freud shocked his peers when he presented his paper “The Etiology of Hysteria” in which he unequivocally stated that the origin of hysteria lay in child sexual abuse.  By simply listening to his women patients, Freud heard their stories of sexual assault, abuse and incest.  Following back the thread of memory, Freud and his patients uncovered traumatic events of childhood underlying more recent, often relatively trivial experiences that had actually triggered the onset of hysterical symptoms in the present. Read more