The Trauma Myth

The Trauma Myth

The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children and Its Aftermath

Book - 2009
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Drawing on the latest research on memory and traumatic experience, Susan Clancy, an expert in experimental psychopathology, demonstrates that children describe abuse and molestation encounters in ways that don't fit the conventional trauma model. In fact, the most common feeling reported is not fear but confusion .

Clancy calls for an honest look at sexual abuse and its aftermath, and argues that the reactions of society and the healing professions--however well meaning--actually shackle the victims of abuse in chains of guilt, secrecy, and shame. Pathbreaking and controversial, The Trauma Myth radically reshapes our understanding of sexual abuse and its consequences.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780465022113
Branch Call Number: 362.76 CLA
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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