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the pain of cutting is easier to bear than childhood emotonal pain

One of Steven Levenkron’s storytellers told him that cutting was like medicine for her fears, because the psychological pain of the abuse is greater than the pain of the mutilation. Cutting also gives the victim control over who inflicts the pain, in contrast to the powerlessness experienced when being raped.

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Child sexual abuse within families

Sexual abuse within the family (incest) is a hidden sickness, facilitated by isolation and threats. Mic Hunter classifies incestuous fathers in several ways. The most common type of abuser is the one who is dependent on his family to satisfy his sexual and emotional needs. This type is over-controlling and

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abuse in sport

On a global level, clerical sexual abuse was not reined in, and paedophile priests were shifted from parish to parish, allowing them to continue their abuse. Ireland has been in the spotlight for the last few years, and the torturous efforts to bring closure to this unspeakable saga have brought

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institutional abuse

Putting children into prostitution is a particularly heinous form of abuse. The great majority of these children suffer sexual abuse at home, before being put on the street. Studies show that child prostitution is a serious problem in some countries. For example, in Canada it is estimated that up to

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Child sexual abuse

Effects that are even more devastating arise from sexual abuse, a serious crime, and the most damaging of all abusive behaviours. Sexual abuse of children is particularly appalling. It is a silent, hidden crime that robs children of innocence, and is global and common. It exists among all social classes,

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As parents we must communicate with kindness to enhance our children’s emotional development

How we communicate as parents is a fundamental formative factor in our children’s development, and is passed from generation to generation. If a child learns a negative form of communication, by which it was normal to insult, berate, condemn, and put down, then that child is likely to use this

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Parental verbal abuse creates a feeling of worthlessness in children

Child abuse includes verbal abuse, and considering its potential destructiveness, I am surprised at how little is written about it. Writers in general consider it part of emotional abuse, but I believe that it deserves separate treatment. Joan Arehart-Treichel maintains that parental verbal abuse is extremely detrimental to children. We

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Culture and other factors in abuse

Apart from institutional abuse, we may not be aware of culturally condoned abuse. Ritualistic or satanic physical abuse (and sexual abuse) is rarely mentioned nowadays. Brian Corby in his excellent blog, Child Abuse towards a knowledge base, briefly mentions how this abuse occurred in the US and Britain in the

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Unwanted children are vulnerable to neglect

In recent years we have become aware of child abuse in institutions, especially those run by some religious orders in Ireland and other countries throughout the world, by local authorities in Britain, and by institutions in the US and Canada. In the EU, and especially in Eastern Europe, institutions for

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Children suffer widespread abuse

Child Abuse I looked into your eyes, Wondering. Famished for wombwarmth. And all I saw was void. A hollow wasteland. My being screamed for love, But barrenness raised his hand, And kept me at distance. I struggled in this new place. Diminished in my hope, And grew smaller, And finally

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