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What Parents Need to Know About Sibling Abuse: Breaking the Cycle of Violence Paperback – February, 2002
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Abuse can take many different forms, from name-calling to hitting, all the way to rape. The victims are left with feelings of shame, low self-esteem into adulthood and worthlessness. They are threatened by the perpetrator with grievous bodily harm or the breakup of the family if they tell.
There are a number of causes of sibling abuse. The usual cause is violence in the media that children see every day. Another major reason for sibling abuse is the model presented by the parents. Do they constantly belittle or try to injure each other? In such a household, how can abuse not be transferred from the parents to the children? How can a child, having been abused by an older sibling, not turn around and do it to a younger sibling?
Parental reaction is most important. When confronted with an accusation of abuse, one reaction is to say that the victim must have deserved it. If the accusation is one of sexual abuse, the victim must have enjoyed it. Other parental reactions include ignoring the abuse, responding inconsistently or inappropriately, indifference or even joining in the abuse. No wonder victims frequently don't talk about their abuse for many years.
The best thing parents can do is listen to their children. Only a small percentage of abuse allegations turn out to be false.Read more ›
This book has given me scientific and psychological support, and helped me have faith in my own perceptions of what has occurred within my family, even if my parents cannot. It has also, to some degree, helped me understand WHY my parents cannot. In this sense it is just as useful to victims as to the parents it is aimed at.
Dear victims, I cannot recommend it enough. Educate yourself and learn to understand.
As for parents: Open your eyes.
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