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Where might I find information to give to a mother to help her since she had never told anyone as a child about her abuse?
Carol
02/26/2014
arrow icon Other helpful books to read, which may reduce her feeling of...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Currently, WINGS support groups are offered primarily in Den...
Jennifer Stith
03/03/2014
arrow icon Finally, she might also want to check with her state’s sexua...
Jennifer Stith
03/03/2014
arrow icon That said, it can often be difficult for adult survivors to ...
Jennifer Stith
03/03/2014
arrow icon There are specific resources that may be helpful to her– man...
Jennifer Stith
03/03/2014
arrow icon It is important to remember that MOST victims of CSA trauma ...
Jennifer Stith
03/03/2014
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OVCRC
02/25/2014
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Because so many adult survivors have never told or never gotten help for past sexual abuse, how do you get them to access services--to feel safe enough, to even realize some of the problems they are dealin...
Diane Harmon
02/25/2014
arrow icon Of course, please remember - If, when and how a survivor dec...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Also - we often find that it’s most helpful for survivors to...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon As such, we are recognizing the incredible value of co-locat...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon At WINGS, we often get referrals from peer providers in our ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Sometimes, providers fear asking this question because it co...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Being able to say responses like, “I’m sorry that happened t...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon That said, it is wonderful to recognize that we might be abl...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon You are absolutely correct. It can be very difficult for ad...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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Do you find that Adult survivors are ever able to regain a healthy relationship with their sexuality, outside of intensive personal counseling? Many of my clients do not want to go to counseling, yet conti...
Mary
02/25/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon However, we also believe it is essential to work through the...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I agree with Dr. Vanino on this question. It can be very hel...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Because child sexual abuse occurs in the context of a relati...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
arrow icon I believe that survivors can do a lot of work on their own i...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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Diane Harmon
02/25/2014
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Any tips on how to best help now adult survivor that is at public comment sessions opposing the release of an offender serving time for sexual abusing the person as a child? Sometimes it has been 20-25 yea...
Denise
02/25/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon WINGS believes it is never too late to address the CSA traum...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Without that support structure, however, I can imagine that ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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I work in a domestic violence educational group setting. We don't necessarily have the time to explore everyone's trauma history individually but it is definitely present and affects our discussions. Do yo...
Elizabeth W
02/25/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon At WINGS, we often get referrals from peer providers in our ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon In the meantime, I advocate for including a question about C...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon WINGS believes it is essential to address and help heal that...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I am so glad you asked this question! There is an incredibly...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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I am a victim advocate/forensic interviewer employed by a DA's office but work at a child advocacy center. There have been some cases of adult survivors of child sexual abuse that have received services a...
Cynthia Gevedon
02/25/2014
arrow icon Finally, wherever they choose to access services, WINGS does...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon The multiple barriers to services highlighted here are probl...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon Providers trying to address this history of multiple traumas...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon Other places for adult survivors to receive services include...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon However, funding restrictions may prevent many CACs from off...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
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Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
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What are the most effective techniques have you come across that assist in healing Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault? I understand that there is a new method of therapy call REMS (?). What are your thoug...
Melissa Clemens
02/25/2014
arrow icon Finally, we also suggest various types of art and expressive...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon WINGS believes in empowering survivors and those upon whom t...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Others are comfortable in settings that are more focused on ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon There are so many different types of therapeutic strategies ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon We have had a lot of success at our center utilizing EMDR wi...
Therese H
02/25/2014
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Melissa
02/25/2014
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Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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As child abuse/neglect investigators we frequently interview parents who are accused of abuse/neglect either directly or by omission of protective action. We know that there is a significant number of par...
Investigator
02/25/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon So in general (and I’m sorry for the very long answer, but I...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I also believe we need to talk about the fact that those who...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon So as providers, we need to be aware of this dynamic – do ev...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Here’s my related concern: because CSA is a crime, and if it...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon The reason I hesitate to offer a micro-level answer about sp...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon And I believe we do need better resources to help families d...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Certainly, I support holding those who have offended account...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Those of us in the field who are trauma-informed professiona...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon You bring up an important issue - that a significant portion...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I appreciate your question very much, in recognizing the hig...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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how do adult victims of childhood abuse parent differently? how are they likely to react to their own children being sexually abused? I am seeing many moms who have been abused as children, not believe the...
julie
02/25/2014
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Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon Sometimes, parents with unresolved CSA trauma become extreme...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon This is, unfortunately, fairly common. It is very important...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
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Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
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Is it possible for a child to be traumatized vicariously through an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse? If so, how prevalent is this, and what should be done (i.e. individual counseling, group counse...
Cassaundra
02/25/2014
arrow icon Creating a space where all people, particularly children, ca...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon So WINGS believes it is critical that adult survivors do the...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
arrow icon Yes, it is possible for a child to be traumatized vicariousl...
Jenny Stith
02/25/2014
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As Children's Advocacy Center our services focus on children's advocacy and mental health needs (this includes family work). So our expertise does not include work with adult survivors of CSA. However, we ...
Meg O'Rourke
02/25/2014
arrow icon They practice telling their story, and at the end of the 7 w...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon To address your specific question - for many survivors, comi...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon However, as you suggest, some CAC's may not be funded for or...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon This is a great question. And I would just point out that yo...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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Do you know what the best evidenced based therapy is when working with child/adult victims of sexual abuse for short term, crisis intervention type therapy?
Jill Dugas
02/25/2014
arrow icon I am going to defer to Dr. Vanino on this question.
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also an evide...
Therese H
02/25/2014
arrow icon I don’t work with children so I would suggest you contact pl...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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In victim services professions many staff have a hx of previous victimization. As a supervisor, how do you suggest I help the staff deal with issues that may come up for them so I can help lessen the effec...
Ellen Johnson
02/25/2014
arrow icon Please refer to previous question.
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon Thanks for your question. Please refer to the previous ques...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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I supervise a SANE program(Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). Many survivors are drawn to this work and do an excellent job. How do you suggest I address my concern that survivors can sometimes lose perspec...
Ellen Johnson
02/25/2014
arrow icon We also believe that, because services for adult survivors o...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon It is certainly an excellent point to remember that many of ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon We also ensure facilitators have a basic understanding of th...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I agree with Dr. Vanino’s comments here. At WINGS, all of o...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I believe this issue comes down to self-awareness, boundarie...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
arrow icon Interviewing should include looking for potential boundary i...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
arrow icon However, I have to say that it is also important to remember...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
arrow icon This is a great question. I believe that there are many the...
Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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I work in a women's prison in Arizona and I have a female sex offender program. I also have a course I call Survivors of Abuse. I have two questions: is it good practice to treat sexual abuse along with ot...
Greg Waugh
02/25/2014
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Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
arrow icon I echo Dr. Vanino's comments on both points. Those who have ...
Jennifer Stith
03/06/2014
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Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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Dr Sheri Vanino
02/25/2014
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