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Telling It Like It Is: Understanding Adult Women’s Life-Long Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Louise Livesey


This paper seeks to explore some of what we can learn from looking at adult\ud women’s stories of their experiences of disclosing childhood sexual abuse. The\ud research upon which the paper is based is an inter-disciplinary analysis of\ud “what happens” when women disclose child sexual abuse to others over the life\ud course. A socially aware understanding of the meaning of narrative and storytelling\ud has become of key importance in this research and begins to offer new\ud ways in which to develop research on sexually abusive experiences which\ud broadens the agenda of research on childhood sexual abuse. In particular\ud understanding narrative has offered new ways of accessing and understanding\ud issues relating to later life (that is, post-childhood) for women who have\ud experienced childhood sexual abuse

Topics: HQ, H1, BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2002
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