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Fear of the Consequences of Disclosure, Actual, Anticipated, or Threatened by Abuser(s) that Cause Disclosure to Be Consciously Withheld and/or that Cause Abuse Memories to Be Dissociated


Remembering Why I Could Not Tell Victims of child abuse condemn themselves unfairly for so much, for the abuse, for being powerless, for being “weak,” for not escaping, for not fighting off a larger and terrifying perpetrator, and for not having told someone sooner. They forget the impossible odds. They forget how they calculated the consequences if they resisted or fought. Perhaps they fought...

Psychotraumatology Supports the Healing Described in Walking with Aletheia, By Jean Wehner


In 1996, Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D., neuroscientist at New York University, wrote a seminal  book in the field of psychotraumatology: The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life. (Simon and Schuster). (Link to purchase on Amazon: ) In this book, LeDoux provides extensive neurological and psychological evidence for two long-term memory systems: An explicit memory system...

Walking with Aletheia: A Survivor’s Memoir, by Jean Wehner (2022)


The Netflix documentary, The Keepers, documents the 1969 unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnick, a high school English teacher. Jean Wehner, who is featured in The Keepers, was one of Sister Cathy’s students. Jean reports sexual abuse by a number of priests at this school, including the Director of Religious Studies and the School Counselor/Chaplain. Jean Wehner has now authored a book...

What is the Nature of a Child’s Love for a Parent or Caregiver?


The most painful thing in the world is to realize that your parent doesn’t love you.~Anonymous Survivor Victims of child abuse experience complex feelings for the parents, other family members, nannies, clergy, coaches, etc., who abused or neglected them or who enabled or were passive bystanders to their abuse. These feelings often include subjective experiences of “love” and attachment. Other...

Helping Survivors Who Have Been Coerced to Harm Others


To be able to help survivors who have been victimized by coerced perpetration, those of us who support victims –  therapists, clergy, loved ones, fellow survivors, etc., first need to develop a deep understanding of how torture-coerced harm works, that torture can make anyone do anything, and the kinds of “breaks” in free agency that happen in the course of torture. We need to understand all...

Drawn Swords: My Victory Over Childhood Ritual Abuse, by Jeanne Adams, ritual abuse survivor and activist


Drawn Swords by Jeanne Adams: Book cover Download Book PDF 255MB From the author: Drawn Swords began as a storyboard that filled my entire dining room table. My childhood trauma memories had returned by level of emotional intensity, not in chronological order. I had literally hundreds of notes scattered on that table. First I wanted a timeline that would make sense of it all. Then I wanted to...

Trauma Recovery as a Path of Human Development


Note from Ellen Lacter: I am so happy that Anne Redelfs, MD, has contributed this article to my website. Dr. Redelfs is a ritual abuse survivor and retired psychiatrist. She has created a healing ministry where she helps people listen deeply to their hearts and minds as inner guides to health and wholeness. She calls herself a “gardener of the soul.” Her website, anneredelfs.com, offers...

Work with “Abuser Personalities”


Updated May 2, 2021, with Important Contributions by an Anonymous Survivor-Colleague. Originally published October 6, 2006. Important note: This article includes some very disturbing content. Survivors may want to have a therapist, clergy-person, or other support person review it first and then discuss when it might be the right time to read it and whether to read it together. Introduction Most...

Treatment of Victims Who Condemn Themselves for Harm Done to Other Victims


BackgroundThis presentation will discuss the treatment of victims who have done harm to other victims driven by: a) abuser coercion andthreats, b) psychological manipulation by dissociation-savvy abusers, and, c) enactments of sexual and physical abuse in dissociated states. MethodThe author, a PhD qualified Clinical Psychologist, has worked with abuse survivors since 1982 and with victims of...

Have We (Us Grown-ups) Been Naughty or Nice?


Our Hopes for Our Children We wish our childhoods were filled with love and happy memories. But for many people, maybe most, our childhoods were something less. Perhaps our parents were harsh and overly critical. Perhaps we were abused in unthinkable ways. Now we have our own children. Will we make our children feel the way we felt growing up? Or will we be able to give them more love and peace...

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