Disability and Child Sexual Abuse: Lessons from Survivors' by Martina Higgins

By Martina Higgins

Disability and baby Sexual Abuse examines the ways that society marginalises, institutionalises and locations disabled young children in events of unacceptable threat, and  how - as evidenced within the survivors' narratives - styles of carrier supply can give a contribution to the matter.

according to the accounts of seven disabled people who have been sexually abused in adolescence, the ebook highlights quite a lot of pertinent matters. via case vignettes and empirical study, the authors ask practitioners to scrutinise their present expert perform, exploring individuals' stories of hospitalisation, schooling structures and native professionals. they give thought to the difficulty of who abuses and why, and spotlight matters with regards to the complexities all in favour of revisiting previous reports and confronting unwarranted and undesirable emotions of accountability. The difficulty of recounting the abuse narrative can also be tested in the examine context.


This publication should be correct for execs and scholars within the social, well-being and schooling providers, similar to social staff, lecturers and counsellors.  it's going to also offer insights for those looking a much less disablist society, together with disabled humans themselves.

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Undoubtedly, the research narrative has a political function, with an intention to raise public awareness of disability and child sexual abuse. Participation, however, was a hugely personal matter, as can be observed in the following different viewpoints: Being involved in research is an experiment for me in that I haven’t had this sort of conversation in a non-therapeutic context before except with my partner. Talking about it to an almost stranger is different, but I do feel that the reason that I have gone through all of this in the past couple of years has been to sort out my life and try to be happier.

Thomas talks about not being fully aware that his abuse was wrong until he reached the age of 14. He also describes a confused early sexual identity, which was fed by his stepfather’s homophobic taunts during abusive incidents. Thomas’s story describes him as becoming involved in criminal activities as he was growing up, but the full consequences of his abuse did not begin to show itself until after his stepfather’s death, when he describes a loss of a ‘victim identity’. At this stage, he then started to use drugs and alcohol, to self-mutilate and get involved in violence at football matches and other criminal activities.

John John was principle supervisor of Martina’s doctorate at Northumbria University. This involved reading everything she produced, including interview transcripts and discussing together all the issues as they arose in the research.  chapter 2  Narrative and Enabling Stories of Child Sexual Abuse Introduction This chapter addresses the idea of narrative and telling one’s story. It starts from the premise that we are the narrative that we tell of ourselves and of our lives. Yet this is an inherently dynamic and continuing process of affirming and re-affirming, telling and re-telling, doubting and realizing, constructing and deconstructing, asserting and denying – a process of being and becoming.

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