Victims and Survivors’ Own Stories of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse
In the UK today, it is estimated that nearly one in twenty children are subjected to sexual abuse, with the overwhelming majority being abused within the family environment. However, despite its prevalence, intrafamilial child sexual abuse remains largely shrouded in silence, shame and stigma.
Taking a phenomenological approach, this book presents ten retrospective first-person accounts from adult victims and survivors, exploring the impact of such abuse throughout the life course. These stories illustrate how child sexual abuse can cause trauma affecting almost every aspect of life: emotionally, psychologically, interpersonally, behaviourally and cognitively. However, they also demonstrate the remarkable resilience of the human spirit; of how adverse experiences can be lived with, processed, and assimilated.
These accounts address a gap in what academics, practitioners and policy makers know about child sexual abuse; give victims and survivors a voice; and open up a conversation about one of the most enduring societal and cultural problems.
Dr Anna Gekoski is a forensic psychologist, research fellow and writer, specialising in qualitative trauma-focused research. Her research interests include child sexual abuse, cybercrime, secondary victimisation, mental health, rape, homicide, revenge pornography and hate crime. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals, co-authored reports for government bodies and NGOs, and written for national newspapers. This is her fourth non-fiction book. She received an MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.
Steve Broome is a Visiting Professor and Co-director of the Centre for Citizenship and Community at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. Having worked as a researcher for over 20 years, he specialises in research around mental health and wellbeing. He is also a humanistic and integrative counsellor and therapist with a particular interest in working with vulnerable populations and trauma.
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