Reading – Overcoming Incest: 7 Steps for Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse

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Aside from the advice for healing, the facts around incest will blow you away:

Incest is defined as sexual contact between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal, such as in the case of parents and children, first cousins, and siblings.

Incest usually takes the form of an older family member sexually abusing a minor. [i]

In the last twenty years, child abuse (including incest) has been given more attention. Still, incest remains one of the most under-reported crimes in the US. The trust about incest often remains concealed by the victim due to feelings of guilt, shame, and fear of the abuser. [ii]

Incest is a particularly destructive form of sexual abuse because the abuse occurs at the hand of someone the victim is supposed to be able to trust.

Persons who were victims of incest have a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, and sexual dysfunctions. [iii]

Incidence of incest between siblings has been reports as follows: 74% of cases are opposite sex siblings. 26% are same sex, with 16% between brothers and 10% between sisters. [iv]

Incest occurs in families that are financially well off, as well as homes of low socio-economic status. Incest occurs to persons of all racial and ethnic descents.

Overcoming Incest: 7 Steps for Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse

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  1. John Miller
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    An excellent post and article, Mike – thank you so much for sharing.

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