Surviving Paedophilia: Traumatic Stress After Organised and Network Child Sexual Abuse

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Trentham, 1999 - Psychology - 173 pages
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Like a blast from a bomb, organized child sexual abuse generates waves of harm far beyond the immediate impact. The devastated and haunted lives of victims can be reflected in the experience of family and friends. The professionals whose work requires them to expose or heal the effects of organized abuse can themselves become secondary victims, haunted in their turn by shadows they cannot escape.

"Surviving Paedophilia" is a personal account of this devastation by one such professional, designed to bring guidance, support and help to others.

Kate Cairns is a childcare consultant and social work teacher who has spent over twenty years caring for children in a residential setting. This book blends the stories of many survivors of pedophilia and their kin with the stories of fellow workers in child care and of her own experience and observation. This unique book is a powerful record of those who have survived pedophilia, and one that will bring inspiration to all who read it. It offers hope for breaking the patterns of destruction and the "circles of harm" that radiate from child sexual abuse.

An essential book for anyone working professionally with children, and for those in the helping professions.

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Cairns is a childcare consultant and social work teacher who has spent over twenty years caring for children in a residential setting.

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