When a child is sexually attacked in a family, by a family member or friend, that child should receive all the intervention, both medically and emotionally, that she might receive had she been hit by a car; or if she were attacked on the street by a stranger. If the crime were committed by a stranger, only then can she talk about it.
Within the family system she is shamed into silence, taught to think of how the offender might feel, not how she feels. As if she doesn’t even exist. This becomes her way of life, for life. It is not easy to change what we learn in those formative years, the things that were ingrained into our personalities and psyches.
It is no less a crime when it happens within a family. Why is it when a crime is committed by one we love and trust, the legal…
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