I hope the right people read this. It reminds me of Roland C. Summit’s 1983 article “The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome” in Child Abuse and Neglect 7 (3) 177-93.
My mother eloped from her well-to-do family with an unemployed alcoholic who had been molested by his father. My mother said I was born mad at her because I refused to nurse. There is a rumor that I was a … Continue reading
Found in my writings from 1972: Frozen in time, immobile, sit I. All that I have ever been in with me still, keeping me, stifling me. My shackles are the bars of a play pen. I am a frightened child, … Continue reading
I just saw a photo of a 5-year old in a hospital bed, holding a new born. It was labeled “Youngest mother in the world.” I hope it wasn’t in one of those countries where rapists can escape punishment if … Continue reading
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For the last few months, I have been so busy preparing for the MFA visual thesis exhibition. The exhibition is, in short, the culmination of my work in Columbia’s Photo MFA program. I have…
I apologize. I failed to include one truth from my book Fallout: A Survivor Talks to Incest Offenders and Others. I was afraid one piece of truth I came across might be destructive to victims of severe sexual abuse in childhood, and … Continue reading
Treating sex offenders for twelve years during their incarceration was an eye-opening experience for me, and I’m a psychologist. Society’s anxiety about sexual abuse of children has prevented the free flow of information about vital issues for everyone–parent, child, victim, … Continue reading