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Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Journal of Child Sexual Abuse) Hardcover – April 12, 2002


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  • Series: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789019000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789019004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,036,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles L. Whitfield, M.D., is a physician, psychotherapist, author and internationally recognized expert on mental illness, behavioral problems, and recovery from addiction and trauma. He was on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies from 1978 through 2003, and in private practice of addiction medicine and psychotherapy since 1976. He has also been a consultant and collaborator at the CDC in Atlanta since 1998. He has been voted by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1993. He lives in Atlanta, GA, and is in private practice with his wife, author and therapist, Barbara Harris Whitfield.

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. Vaughan-Eden on April 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Oftentimes, lay people as well as professionals respond to perceptions of child sexual abuse that have no basis in fact. The impact of sexual abuse does not always follow a straight and logical path. However, research in the field of child sexual abuse clearly indicates that it has long-term negative consequences for which its victims and their families are not prepared. Narrowly focused studies such as Rind, Tromovitch, and Bauserman only serve to misinform society and perpetuate the notion that sex with children is equivalent to sex with adults, further exacerbating the problem. This book presents evidence based on a broad review of the research literature that indicates sex with children is harmful to the victims and society.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janine Goodwin on August 23, 2011
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This is a good analysis of the movement to silence survivors of sexual abuse. The essays debunk the junk science of "false memory syndrome" which has been used to discredit survivors. Several take apart the Rind study cited by another reviewer (which has the dubious honor of having been "the first scientific study to be formally denounced by the US House of Representatives" p. 109)). This book was originally published as a double issue of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, which uses a double-blind peer-review process: this means their scientific credibility meets a high standard. Don't let that scare you off: the essays are also readable. Useful when read alongside the work of Bessel van der Kolk, Jennifer Freyd, Alice Miller, and Babette Rothschild. --Janine Goodwin
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By nom de plume on April 1, 2014
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If you want to delve into the professional world of therapy for child abuse, this has some very good reading within it's pages. I especially think Dr. Whitfield is well-versed on the subject and always presents his thoughts and experiences in very easy to read terms. This, however, is a collation of articles by varying authors (most of them experienced in the field) expressing their thoughts and experiences.
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This volume of scholarly articles is focused on one of the most painful realities for humanity: Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). This is a subject almost too painful to bear, yet painfully prevalent since the dawn of time, up until now. It is not an easy subject for adult survivors to face, so imagine the children that bear this suffering, in numbers that will never be known in accuracy, since it is done mostly in secrecy and with the threats of death, annihilation and destruction.

The contribution that the authors have put forth in this volume is in opening the closet door, turning on the light, and conversing about this subject in truth and without fear. The sense of purpose, courage, correct information, and determination to present a very difficult subject, is truly impressive! The mission is to provide the knowledge needed to address child sexual abuse, and to correct so much of the misinformation that is out there. There is an assembly of impressive articles that speak about the "false memory syndrome", "recovered memory therapy", and the "lack of harm" to children as a result of child sexual abuse. This publication absolutely sheds light on those areas that lack sufficient research, and provides a very practical and much-needed guide to the helping professionals that are on the forefront of treating people that have come face to face with the perpetrators and their heinous acts of darkness.

The information available to the public, including survivors, their families, friends, and those that are skilled enough to really assist them, is truly a GOLDMINE. There will ALWAYS be those that deny, minimize, and take the side of the abuser.
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5 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Titus Rivas on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author makes an important case for taking sexual abuse seriously. However, defending a particular person against false claims of abuse is not the same as denying the reality of sexual abuse in general. Also, not all erotic relationships commonly seen as 'sexual' abuse are involuntary or harmful to the minor, as has been rediscovered through the work of Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman, and others.
Realism is a matter of taking all sides, facets and dimensions seriously. In present-day society there is a general tendency to over-simplify by ignoring data rather than integrating them in our world-view or theory. Misinformation is allways wrong.

Titus Rivas
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