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By Martina Higgins

Disability and baby Sexual Abuse examines the ways that society marginalises, institutionalises and areas disabled teenagers in events of unacceptable hazard, and  how - as evidenced within the survivors' narratives - styles of provider supply can give a contribution to the matter.

in line with the accounts of seven disabled people who have been sexually abused in early life, the e-book highlights quite a lot of pertinent concerns. via case vignettes and empirical learn, the authors ask practitioners to scrutinise their present specialist perform, exploring individuals' reviews of hospitalisation, schooling platforms and native experts. they give thought to the problem of who abuses and why, and spotlight concerns with regards to the complexities curious about revisiting earlier reports and confronting unwarranted and undesirable emotions of accountability. The difficulty of recounting the abuse narrative is additionally tested in the examine context.

 

This e-book can be correct for execs and scholars within the social, health and wellbeing and schooling companies, resembling social employees, academics and counsellors.  it is going to also offer insights for those looking a much less disablist society, together with disabled humans themselves.

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2005) paint a consistent picture having reviewed 11 retrospective studies. An analysis of the reviewed data suggested that between 60 and 70 per cent of survivors have no memory of making a disclosure of sexual abuse in childhood, with a significant proportion of the respondents describe making their first disclosure during the research process. London et al. highlight a number of issues related to the accuracy of retrospective studies, and raise the possibility that some adults may have discussed their abuse in childhood and failed to remember this, or may have misdated their disclosure, placing it at a greater distance from the abuse experience.

May was taken out of residential school when she was seven or eight, which she relates to disability benefits coming into effect. She has since been told by other members of the family that people were arguing about who was going to look after her when she returned home, and she concludes that money must have been involved as nobody had been interested up until that point. At about this time, May’s mother remarried and she describes life as settling into a set routine. She looked after her mother’s new baby, did the housework, supported the family financially and had very few friends.

McLeod (1997) proposes that the production of the narrative enables individuals to reflect upon their experiences and give meaning 42  Disability and Child Sexual Abuse to life events. Narrative construction, therefore, is characterized by its ongoing quality. Some would say that there is an inseparability of the narrative, the act of telling one’s story and the self (McAdams 1993). In that respect, storytelling is seen by many to be fundamental to our identity formation (McAdams 1993; Swain and Gillman 2000).

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