Three questions guided the inquiry of this study: i the influence of a mother's experience of sexual abuse on the sexual abuse behaviours experienced by her child; ii to examine child behaviour as it relates to the type of sexual abuse and to gender; and iii to explore indicators of family functioning in incestuous and non-incestuous families. Using two self-report assessment measures and a semi-structured intake interview, an intake group design was used with sexually abused children 52 males and 52 females , and their mothers 50 with a history of sexual abuse and 54 without such histories. The incested children displayed significantly more sexualized behaviour than children molested out of the home. Sexually abused males exhibited significantly more sexual behaviour than females.
I was sexually abused by my mum… and it caused me to become a sex addict
MOSAC - Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
Child sexual abuse CSA has been associated with a number of problems affecting women over their lifespan, including difficulties with parenting. However, there is a modest number of qualitative studies examining the impact of CSA on survivors who are mothers. There is a particular need for qualitative investigations that ask survivors who are mothers general questions about the impact of CSA on their lives rather than those that specifically ask about the impact of CSA on parenting. The former approach would allow survivors to describe effects that may impact parenting, but which survivors do not consciously link to affecting their parenting.
Experiences of Mothers Who Are Child Sexual Abuse Survivors: A Qualitative Exploration
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Sharon Hall is a small, timid figure with wide brown eyes that dart nervously between the floor and her hands as she speaks. During our conversation, her sentences fluctuate between slow, fractured prose and sudden, spluttering outbursts as her words fall over each other in a fight to assemble. It has been almost 10 years since Sharon last tried to speak about the childhood memories she has spent much of her life trying to suppress — and that particular encounter, as we shall see, left her feeling sorrily dejected. The experience of sharing her story today she describes as a gruelling rite of passage, one she feared would prove too painful to complete: "Every moment I feel the effects of what I went through," she starts in a small, raspy voice, pausing briefly to brush an imaginary strand of hair from her cheek, before continuing, "I've been trapped by my past for all these years.