Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children:

Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation

Stories of mothers who survived sexual abuse as children reveal the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of this special group of women. 

Unraveling the veil of silence and capturing the experiences of mothers who were sexually abused as children, this book offers a first step in both supporting mothers and disrupting the cycle of intergenerational abuse that keeps these mothers isolated and alone in their mothering challenges and successes. Each story reveals the concerns, the needs, the difficulties, and the fears these mothers confront as they parent their children while struggling with their own past experiences. By examining the therapeutic needs and concerns of mothers who have survived child sexual abuse, Teresa Gil offers special insight into understanding and supporting these remarkable women. 

At issue is understanding what helps women who were sexually abused as children to survive and to parent effectively. Written for adult mothers who were victims of childhood sexual abuse, as well as for helping professionals, this book reveals the touching details of the pain and triumphs of mothering as a survivor and examines the protective factors that support resiliency and assist survivor/mothers to overcome challenges and to provide safe environments for the next generation.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Defining Child Sexual Abuse and the Factors that Impact Resiliency and Recovery
Chapter Two: The Long-Term Impact of Child Sexual Abuse
Chapter Three: Transcending Adversity and Overcoming Abuse: Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Resiliency
Chapter Four: Mothering: Challenges and Risks
Chapter Five: Mothering: Sustaining Resiliency
Chapter Six: The Therapeutic Relationship and Its Importance to Resiliency and Healing
Chapter Seven: A Legacy of Trauma: Mechanisms for Intergenerational Abuse
Chapter Eight: Implications for Treatment and Policy: Strengthening Resiliency

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April 27, 2019
Autumn Leaves: The Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair (Glens Falls, New York)

Copyright Teresa Gil Ph.D.