Child sexual abuse

Part One of Three – Introduction

By DR. MIKE GROPPER
March 28, 2019 12:18
4 minute read.
Child sexual abuse

Defining Child Sexual Abuse. (photo credit: PIXABAY)

 
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In the 1970s, I was a senior drug rehabilitation counselor at a special heroin drug rehabilitation program in the Bronx (NYC). My caseload consisted of about 30 hardcore drug addicts, many of them ex-convicts. As a beginning counselor, I remember meeting one of my first clients, a young Hispanic woman in her early 20s. She had been using heroin since her teens and was struggling to put her life together. In one of our sessions, she told me that her uncle had molested her throughout her early childhood. Her uncle babysat for her to help his sister, the girl’s mom, who was a single parent. Very often, the uncle forced her to give him oral sex. This went on for many years. Never caught, he moved far away and the sexual abuse stopped. She never spoke about it with her mother, something that the scientific literature states is very common.

Defining Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)

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