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What Sexual Abuse Means

to Child Survivors

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

Copyright Jane Gilgun 2010

Smashwords Edition

Children have a lot to say about their own sexual abuse, much of it surprising. They know far more than adults realize and have views that call out abusers for who they really are.

About the Author

Jane F. Gilgun is a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. See Professor Gilgun’s other articles, books, and children’s stories available at on-line booksellers.

What Sexual Abuse Means

to Child Survivors

Children think sexual abuse is their fault

Children have a lot to say about their own sexual abuse. Their stories show they know far more than adults realize. They are aware of the power that adults have over them, and they are afraid to resist. They are taught to obey adults or older people, especially people with authority, such as parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, and social service professionals. They dread consequences if they refuse to obey.

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