Treating trauma with focusing and EMDR


" least 20% of American women and 5% of American men have experienced some form of sexual abuse in childhood.. without regard to race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status."
(APA Working Group on Investigation of Memories of Childhood Abuse - Final Report, 1996 p.20)

This statement from the American Psychological Association gives a conservative estimate for the prevalence of child sexual abuse in our society. In Canada, the federal government commissioned the 1984 Badgley Report on Sexual Offences Against Children and Youth. It found that as many as one in two females and one in three males under the age of 21 years reported experiencing some sort of unwanted sexual touching by a perpetrator older than themselves. Yet, thirty years ago child abuse was considered rare. Child sexual abuse was thought to be practically non-existent. Child psychiatrists had never heard of it. There was nothing in the academic literature and there were no statistics or studies available about this unacknowledged endemic problem. (Steed, 1994.)






Mary Armstrong

Original Work Citation

Armstrong, M. (1998). Treating trauma with focusing and EMDR. Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy, 17(1), 23-30




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