The Trauma Myth

The Trauma Myth

The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children and Its Aftermath

Book - 2009
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Few would argue that the experience of sexual abuse is deeply traumatic for a child. But in this explosive new book, psychologist Susan Clancy reports on years of research and contends that it is not the abuse itself that causes trauma--but rather the narrative that is later imposed on the abuse experience. Clancy demonstrates that the most common feeling victims report is not fear or panic, but confusion . Because children don't understand sexual encounters in the same ways that adults do, they normally accommodate their perpetrators-- something they feel intensely ashamed about as adults. The professional assumptions about the nature of childhood trauma can harm victims by reinforcing these feelings. Survivors are thus victimized not only by their abusers but also by the industry dedicated to helping them. Path-breaking and controversial, The Trauma Myth empowers survivors to tell their own stories, and radically reshapes our understanding of abuse and its aftermath.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780465016884
Characteristics: xv, 236 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 14, 2017

I'm a survivor of CSA and I think this book may have saved my life. Reading this book was the reason I finally came out of denial about my CSA, and at last I didn't feel alone. Susan Clancy helped me feel understood, for the first time since childhood. Don't let the title fool you - we are certainly traumatized, but our trauma often looks different than standard PTSD, for reasons lined out in the book. I'm so grateful to Clancy, for taking the risk in writing this book. She did it for us. <3


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