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Child Sexual Abuse: From Harsh Realities to Hope

This book is for people who want to understand child sexual abuse in new ways. Based on interviews, the book shows what child sexual abuse means to child and adult survivors, perpetrators, and mothers of child sexual abuse survivors. The realities are harsh, but dealing with harsh realities leads to hope and recovery.

The book has information for parents, educators, and treatment professionals and guidelines for prevention, education, and social policy. Child sexual abuse is a harsh reality, but dealing with it directly leads to hope and a rich and fulfilling life.

Above all, this book is for survivors and their families so that they can understand the harsh realities in their own lives, find goodness and hope within themselves and in trustworthy other people, and go on to rich and fulfilling lives.

This book is for people who want to understand child sexual abuse in new ways. Based on interviews, the book shows what child sexual abuse means to child and adult survivors, perpetrators, and mothers of child sexual abuse survivors. The realities are harsh, but dealing with harsh realities leads to hope and recovery.

The book has information for parents, educators, and treatment professionals and guidelines for prevention, education, and social policy. Child sexual abuse is a harsh reality, but dealing with it directly leads to hope and a rich and fulfilling life.

Above all, this book is for survivors and their families so that they can understand the harsh realities in their own lives, find goodness and hope within themselves and in trustworthy other people, and go on to rich and fulfilling lives.

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  1. Jerald E. Travis "author of the Safety Factor... said,

    Wrote on November 25, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An outstanding “must read” publication for everyone, September 11, 2009
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    This review is from: Child Sexual Abuse: From Harsh Realities to Hope (Kindle Edition)

    Why is child sexual abuse so prevalent in our society? How can a single person abuse, quite literally, hundreds of children over a 40-year period before getting caught? What is it about our culture that makes it possible for perpetrators of this crime, which causes so much damage to the very fabric of our civilization, to flourish? The answers in this book will surprise you. Many people, by holding to deep-rooted traditions on the subject, actually contribute to an environment that protects perpetrators, all the while believing that they are doing “their part” to prevent it. Isn’t it time for this subject to be brought out into the open, so that humanity may take a giant leap forward?

    Many people’s attitudes towards child sexual abuse are like those of an alcoholic’s codependent. You don’t have to look very far to see examples of abuse, even within your own extended family. Within the extended families of my wife and myself, I know of four definite cases of child sexual abuse, and suspect there may be others. Two of these cases were repeated many times against the same children over a period of years. If you don’t know of any cases within your own extended family, you most likely know of such cases among your friends. How is it that something that’s so prevalent in our society, has become so unspeakable?

    Indeed, murder is much more openly spoken of and one might argue is even treated more lightly. This places a child who becomes victimized by a sexual abuser into quite a dilemma. Suddenly, they’ve been shoved into a “space” where they feel they’ve violated multiple social taboos, taboos so severe it’s as if they’ve become involved with something even worse than murder. It’s impossible for a child (or even an adult in many cases) to cope with this, without suffering severe trauma. They simply don’t have the mental, emotional or physical resources to do so. And they don’t have reliable information on the subject either, because it is so taboo.

    Though coerced into these situations, the child is there when the violation(s) occur. They realize they’ve become involved in a sexual encounter, which is socially taboo in our society even among adults, but especially for children. If a family member or close friend of the family is involved (which is usually the case), they’ve also become involved in incest, an even worse taboo. And if the same sex is involved, they’ve become involved in homosexuality. A child would probably feel more at ease to let someone know what has happened to them, if they had become involved in a murder. Perpetrators typically understand the power these taboos give them, and turn it against their victims.

    Jane Gilgun disbands many traditional myths about abuse in her book, “Shame, Blame, and Child Sexual Abuse”. She is an expert in the area and has been publishing articles on the subject since at least 1988 (see “Scholarly Publications” at the end of the book). She holds a Ph.D., teaches at the University of Minnesota and is a licensed social worker. Her book is based on decades of real life experience with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, as well as the perpetrators of those crimes. She is eminently qualified to write this book.

    The book is relatively easy to read, designed for the average reader (as opposed to scholarly writings on the subject). It provides a thorough examination of child sexual abuse and all its ramifications, complete with prevention strategies, identification “earmarks” for both victims and perpetrators, and suggested therapies for when abuse does occur. References to additional materials are found at the end of most of the latter chapters of the book, specific to the topic of the chapter.

    Criticisms? There always has to be criticisms, or people won’t believe a “glowing review”. In reading the book, I found more typos than I would have cared for. About halfway through I started making notes on my Kindle, and hope I can get these back to the author for a future revision. However, it’s easy to figure out her intent, it’s just a bit of a nuisance. And I did have to look up just a few of the words she used, an easy task using the built-in dictionary on the Kindle.

    Other than that, the book is an excellent treatise on the subject of child sexual abuse, and should be required reading for every person on the planet. That may sound extreme, but it would certainly help spell out the demise of this hideous social ill. Information is power.

    11/28/2009
    I’ve since been informed that Jane Gilgun has uploaded an updated version of her book, taking care of those pesky typos. So I now heartily this book, without any reservations whatsoever. It will also be coming out as a printed book in early 2010 (paperback or hardcover, I don’t know which).

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  2. Jane F. Gilgun "Professor Jane" said,

    Wrote on November 25, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Harsh Realities and Hope, April 1, 2009
    By 
    Jane F. Gilgun “Professor Jane” (Minneapolis MN USA) –
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    This review is from: Child Sexual Abuse: From Harsh Realities to Hope (Kindle Edition)

    THIS BOOK IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT to understand child sexual abuse in new ways. Based on interviews, the book shows what child sexual abuse means to child and adult survivors, perpetrators, and mothers of survivors. The realities are harsh, but dealing with harsh realities leads to hope and recovery.

    Some stories are difficult to hear. This is an old problem, but it is time to put away reluctance. Avoidance protects perpetrators, allows child sexual abuse to go on, and isolates survivors who often feel blamed and shamed. Compassionate responses to survivors and effective programs and policies depend upon accurate understandings. Recovery from trauma requires that survivors deal directly with the effects of trauma. If professionals, families, and friends avoid the topic, then survivors are left in isolation, at risk to feel they are at fault and to suffer in silence.

    The book includes analysis of the stories and guidelines for policy, prevention, treatment, and education. For policy and programs to be responsive to the issues that child sexual abuse creates, we need an informed public.

    Above all, this book is for survivors and their families so that they can understand the harsh realities in their own lives, find goodness and hope within themselves and in trustworthy other people, and go on to rich and fulfilling life.

    About the Author

    JANE F. GILGUN, Ph.D., LICSW, is a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. She conducted the interviews on which this book is based. She is deeply committed to helping people understand child sexual abuse. She wants her work to make things better for survivors and to prevent child sexual abuse in the first place. Besides child sexual abuse, her research interests are the meanings of violence to perpetrators and survivors, the development of violent behaviors, and how persons overcome adversities.

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