Moving Past Abuse.
Journal Special Issue
Represent: The Voice of Youth in Care
, No. 110
Through the perspectives of youth, this journal issue discusses the impact of child abuse and issues surrounding surviving past abuse. Articles address: the advocacy group Children's Rights suing the Massachusetts foster care system to force the agency to improve care; the link between abuse and the development of maladaptive behaviors; disclosure of abuse to unbelieving adults; using dissociation to distance oneself from past physical abuse and neglect; techniques that use the body to help abuse survivors recover from their trauma, including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and EFT Tapping; the need for youth to vote in the presidential election; the lack of trust felt by youth following child abuse and neglect; the benefits of journaling and therapy in coping with child abuse; the Possibility Project's foster care theater program; and responding to an abuser who is seeking forgiveness. The journal closes with two lesson plans therapists and social workers can use with teens that address the stories of abuse recounted in the issue.
Child abuse; Sexual abuse; Disclosure; Coping skills; Independent living skills; Foster adolescents; Childhood trauma; Treatment; sequelae