Reuters Health — - Sexually abused children whose mothers believe them and offer comfort are less likely to suffer from anger and depression, according to a recent study. Nearly half of all sexual assault victims are under the age of 18, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. According to previous studies, children who are abused are at risk of suicide attempts, running away and behavior problems, the researchers write in Child Abuse and Neglect. Zajac and her colleagues recruited pairs of children and mothers or female guardians from a child advocacy center. The children, who were between the ages of seven and 16, had been forensically evaluated to determine that physical abuse had occurred. None of the mothers was involved in the abuse.
Updated August 08, The mother's archetypal role is as a nurturer and protector, but challenging new Australian research is shedding light on the little-known crime of mother-son sexual abuse. The work of Canberra PhD student Lucetta Thomas illustrates how challenging the topic is to discuss - even for seasoned health professionals. It also highlights a need for greater understanding and awareness of this hidden form of abuse, so that victims can come forward and get the help they need. Ms Thomas began her research at the University of Canberra after learning someone she knew was apparently abused in this way as a child. Her thesis will investigate the psychotherapeutic needs of men and boys who have been sexually abused by their biological mother. The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Personal Safety Survey estimated about 4, Australian males had been sexually abused by their mother or step-mother before the age of
A WOMAN who was sexually abused by her mother has revealed her traumatic childhood led to her developing a sex addiction in later life. Having been adopted by a "loving family", Nikki's mother Sandy got pregnant when she was just 17 years old and welcomed Nikki in March Throughout Nikki's childhood, her mother struggled "with many mental illnesses" including bipolar disorder and bulimia which was only worsened by her alcohol addiction. As this invasive method involves placing a thermometer into a child's anus, children are supposed to stop having their temperature taken in this way at around the age of three. But Sandy's preoccupation with her daughter's changing body only worsened when Nikki hit puberty.
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. Being able to finally talk about it is strangely exhilarating.