Female Sexual Abuse of Children

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Michele Elliott
Guilford Press, May 2, 1994 - Psychology - 244 pages
This courageous and powerful book is a first step in addressing the secrecy, distress, anger, and fear surrounding female sexual abuse of children. Refuting the rationales for our lack of attention to the problem and contradicting some commonly held beliefs about sexual abuse, it combines accounts from survivors with input from professionals working with both survivors and abusers.

Part I presents contributions from professionals who discuss aspects of female sexual abuse ranging from impact and treatment issues for victims of childhood sexual abuse by female perpetrators to the paradox of women who sexually abuse children. The second part is devoted to survivors--it presents stories from both men and women, then provides self-help guidelines for both. The book concludes with a valuable section on resources which includes a review of the existing literature on female child molestation as well as a listing of pertinent books and help organizations.

FEMALE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN also addresses the controversial issue of current statistics that show that female sexual abuse is very rare and the question of whether it is being underreported due to fear from survivors that they will not be believed or supported. Regardless of the true magnitude of this problem, secrecy or denial about any aspect of child abuse must be avoided. Whatever future studies may show about this problem, it will not diminish this book's importance in taking the step of exploring this issue.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Survivors Tell UsAn Overview
5
Impact and Treatment Issues for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Female
14
Helping Survivors Through Counseling
37
A Survivor and Therapists Viewpoint
47
Working with Female Sexual Abusers
57
Barbaras StoryA Mother Who Sexually Abused
74
Female AbusersWhat Children and Young People Have Told ChildLine
89
SURVIVORS
113
Women Survivors Stories
115
Men Survivors Stories
153
SelfHelp for Survivors
198
RESOURCES
217
Female Child Molesters A Review of the Literature
219
Books
235
National Help Organizations
237

The Paradox of Women Who Sexually Abuse Children
93
Women AbusersA Feminist View
100

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Michele Elliot is a Child Psychologist and founder and Director of the children's protection agency KIDSCAPE, in London, UK. She has chaired World Health Organization and Home Office working groups on child sexual abuse and was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship. She has published numerous books and articles and is a leading expert in the field of child abuse prevention.

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