The "wall of fear:"  The bridge between the traumatic event and trauma resolution therapy for childhood sexual abuse survivors

Description

A multitude of published books and papers on child sexual abuse (CSA) describe symptoms, long-term effects, and therapy for survivors of abuse. However, the parallels between the nature of the sexual trauma event(s) as originally experienced by the victim and the therapeutic process into which the survivor later becomes engaged have not been reported. This paper attempts to fill that gap and proposes that the concept of a "Wall of Fear" is the bridge connecting the two. In the first part of the paper, a model of the CSA experience based upon Furniss will be explained in order to point out the basis for the dissociation and other symptomology demonstrated by the CSA victim. Following that, the stages of therapy will be mapped out, with special attention to the concept of the Wall of Fear and traumatic memory resolution (abreactions) and with reference to the experience of the original traumatic events. Therapist fear of decompensation will be addressed.

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Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Sheri Oz

Original Work Citation

Oz, S. (2005). The "wall of fear:"The bridge between the traumatic event and trauma resolution therapy for childhood sexual abuse survivors. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 14(3), 23-47. doi:10.1300/J070v14n03_02

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Citation

“The "wall of fear:"  The bridge between the traumatic event and trauma resolution therapy for childhood sexual abuse survivors,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 14, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/16112.

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