Description of mental condition and utilizing EMDR stabilization technique for mental recovery on victims of sodomy in North Aceh, Indonesia
North Aceh is an area in Indonesia that affected by the armed conflict for a long time. On September 2013 there are 11 children who are victims of sodomy in Batee Lapan, North Aceh. This study aims to determine the psychological condition of the victims, as well as the perceptions against the sodomy incident. It also determines the role of EMDR stabilization technique in their mental recovery. The research method uses the qualitative approach by identifying the existing problems as well as knowing the victim's perception of the event. Besides, describing utilization of EMDR stabilization technique as the intervention. Rapid assessment results showed that the children suffered from deep psychological trauma some of them hid what happened as long as two years. They also had an eating disorder, sleep disorders, fear and some children complained of stomach after experiencing the sodomy. Most of the victims showed symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, such as nightmares, fatigue, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, withdrawal, avoiding talk about traumatic events and often feel insecure. Currently, several parents of victims reported that some children who are victims now starting to play with their genitals and even tried to commit sexual abuse on other children or his brother. Additionally both children and parents feel afraid to talk about the trauma because they were threatened by the perpetrator though indirectly. They used since the times of armed conflict to cover themselves when feeling threatened. EMDR stabilization techniques are given in the form of inner safe-place, resource building and positive containers. After therapy, the children seem happier, more self-motivated, enjoy being and playing in the group. This is reinforced by the provision of EMDR stabilization techniques to parents of victims and providing psycho education about the long-term effects due to the sodomy on a child and the psychological support needed by children so that they do not feel embarrassed , would open up to parents and families as well as their mental recovery . The expected result is a reduction in risk of mental disorders in the victims, emotional stabilization both in children and their parents, as well as the strengthening of the resources.
Original Work Citation
Dierzkia, Y., & Dewi, R. (2014, January). Description of mental condition and utilizing EMDR stabilization technique for mental recovery on victims of sodomy in North Aceh, Indonesia. Poster presented at the 2nd EMDR Asia International Conference, Manila, The Philippines
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