In her latest book, Christiane Sanderson draws upon years of her research and valuable clinical experience to provide an in-depth analysis of complex nature and dynamics of sibling sexual abuse, it’s impact and long-term effects on survivors.
Paperback – Pre-orders available now
Expected in December 2022
Subject / Category:
Psychotherapy / Psychology
It is estimated that sibling sexual abuse is up to three times more prevalent than intergenerational sexual abuse perpetrated by parents or caregivers. The complexity of sibling sexual relationships, and the potential for abusive sibling interaction has been under-researched and under-reported as it often masquerades as consensual sexual experimentation between children. This timely book by globally acclaimed child sexual abuse expert Christiane Sanderson, examines the complex nature and dynamics of sibling sexual abuse, it’s impact and long-term effects. It distinguishes between developmentally typical age-appropriate, consensual sexual curiosity and sexual experimentation and developmentally atypical sexual behaviour which is non-consensual and sexually harmful. The aim is to enable practitioners to identify harmful sexual behaviour between siblings and help survivors and practitioners to validate their experience of sibling sexual interactions.
It also looks at the complex interplay of familial and socio-cultural risk factors that underpin sibling sexual abuse, such as Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma and early exposure to pornography, that can render children vulnerable to being sexually abused, and in some cases, go on to engage in harmful sexual behaviour. In raising awareness of the nature of sibling sexual abuse and barriers to disclosure, professionals will be more adequately resourced to respond to and support children, families, siblings and adult survivors, by offering a trauma informed and relational, strengths based therapeutic approach, and implement appropriate interventions and preventive strategies.