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Why Do We Avoid Calling Child Sexual Abuse Rape?

(No pictures were used in the context of this discussion of whether or not child abuse is actually rape; because any pictures used of children might be considered sexualized.)

In thinking about Child Sexual Abuse , I realized that we hardly ever talk about  it as childhood rape.  When a man has anal sex with a boy, what is he really doing? It surely is rape. When a man manipulates a girl’s sexual parts into to have an orgasm, is this really rape?  When a woman initiates intercourse with a boy or adolescent male, isn’t she raping him?  Having a girl touch her sexual parts (whether her own or the girl’s) in order to achieve sexual excitement and/or orgasm, do we consider that rape of a child by a woman.

For purposes of discussion here is the new FBI definition of rape:   (https://www.fbi.gov/…/new-rapedefinitio…)  The new FBI Summary definition of Rape is: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”  But how about rape by proxy?  

My definition of rape for the purpose of  this discussion consists of using an innocent victim in order to achieve orgasm or high levels of sexual arousal.  If the child’s sexual feelings are aroused and/or the child actually comes to orgasm, the child is not considered old enough to give consent.  Also, what adds to the heinousness of this behavior is that it is kept secret and hidden to avoid detection and create undeserved guilt in the child or adolescent.  The latter is often why the victim often suffers in silence.  Also, does the child or adolescent know what he or she is actually doing or that he or she is not responsible for this illicit behavior?

Could child pornography also be considered as rape by proxy?  The offender self-stimulates himself or herself to orgasm using what is essentially an unwilling victim.  When we don’t call it rape, we make it seem less harmful.  It involves an adult using a child to come to orgasm without his or her consent.  How are the children treated when these pictures are taken?  If the children are encouraged to see the filming as a game, what happens when the children learn what they were used for? 

Are Private Parts Not Private Anymore?

Viewing Private PartsRemember when you were not supposed to share your private parts with anyone, but a parent, or with someone else usually a medical person when your parents were present.  Later you were told you could choose to share them when you were an adult; but not with someone you didn’t want to share them with.

Now we can view others’ private parts anywhere on the street, in magazines, on the internet, and in advertisements.  It is hard to say, “No, I don’t want to look at that, I don’t want to see you that way, and if you are going to do that either you must leave or I will leave myself.”

It is still alright to feel icky and to refuse to view things that you don’t like.  As a long-time psychologist, I thought I had seen everything and nothing surprised me or offended me.  If viewing something does not have to be done in the line of duty, I still can say it is inappropriate and switch channels or walk away or if it is my space, tell someone to leave and possibly not to return.

Appropriate or Inappropriate? Wanted Or Unwanted?

Appropriate or Inappropriate? Wanted Or Unwanted?

Private parts are your personal possessions and they are there for your satisfaction and enjoyment.  This can be spoiled when someone tries to use another person’s private parts for their satisfaction and enjoyment only and will say anything or do anything to make it happen.

Feelings can become detached from the event and the victim may not remember what happened.  This is a form of self-defense and possibly a form of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  This makes it difficult for the victim to bring up from inside him or herself what happened in order to digest it properly.  This also can interfere with a person’s appropriate sexual development.

The victim has a large price to pay.  What about the offender? Usually as long as he or she can do it, he or she will do it to more and more victims and in worse and worse ways.  It could be called an addiction.  It usually has to do with what an offender needs to do to get sexually excited and to reach orgasm.  Like alcoholics need more and more alcohol, the offender takes more and more risks and does more and more damaging things to his or her victims.  The frequency and intensity of the abuse also can increase.

 

What Makes Child Sexual Abuse Easier? Gullibility, Secrecy, Opportunity, Second Chances, Disbelief

A Perplexed Child

A Perplexed Child

Gullibility:  We would like to think the best of someone sometimes rather than the worst.  We can be gullible when we believe that any authority figure is an expert about such things if he or she thinks he or she is or should be.

Secrecy:  Family, friends, and associates of sex offenders are afraid if they admit they know about the person’s sexual offender status and/or offenses that some of the onerous might rub off on them and can cause them not to be accepted too so they don’t say anything about it or admit to having a relative or associate with such tendencies.

Disbelief:  (What actually is more onerous is not warning others that the person is not to be trusted to be alone with a child and/or to be in the care of a person who won’t keep the child safe as they see no reason to not to leave a child alone with this person under certain circumstances like when they go to change clothes and the child is taking a nap.)

Sexual offenders are often not found out until they have committed several different offenses with more than one victim.  Also offenses can become more and more onerous over time and what act that may have satisfied the offender’s need for sexual stimulation and climax becomes less satisfying and the offender goes on to doing  things that can not be considered victimless and/or harmful.

Many offenders often convince themselves and try to convince others that they are just educating and helping the victim with his or her sexual adjustment and not leaving it to chance with some other person when they reach adolescence or adulthood with a peer.

Also sexual offenders are not all men and they are not all homosexuals.  Anyone who inappropriately touches or has a child or in some cases adolescent inappropriately touch them in a way that causes sexual arousal and/or climax for the offender or the victim can cause mental and emotional pain, confusion, and discomfort that can be disabling.

Can You "See" What he is feeling?

Can You “See” What he is feeling?

What kind of things can a parent, either mother or father, do that sends confusing messages to their child?  Children can sense when somethings seems or feels right or wrong and in these situations are encouraged by the person doing these things that feel wrong to them to doubt their own feelings and “put up” with it and deny their own feelings or doubts.

People may have different standards of what is right and what is wrong but any responsible adult usually knows that what the offenders are doing in front of the child or making the child do is not in the child’s best interests.

Doing something for the child’s own good can be an excuse for bad behavior or an appropriate reason for doing something the child does not like.  Remember to think twice if a child avoids a person or situation and /or demonstrates the reluctance to do something.

When dealing with child sexual abuse, consult knowledgeable sources with experience and professional education in the area.  Remember even registered nurses usually specialize and do not work in every area of the hospital  or area of practice out in the community.

Some Beliefs That Keep You Down

  1. control freak That you have to control others or they will control you.
  2. . That others can make you feel bad.
  3.   That many people in this society (including you) are of little value.
  4.    That only a dope gives to others not expecting to get anything in return.
  5.   That you have to be what you have been conditioned to be from birth.
  6.  That what  you see, hear, or perceive in any way must be the same as everybody else.
  7.  That the theories about life and the universe that others have are the only ways to view them.
  8. Sheep go where they are told to go, eat what is provided for them to eat, and ultimately give their lives so that somebody else doesn’t have to.
  9. That you are destined to be alone and you are lucky if you capture anybody’s attention, no matter how little and no matter how long.
  10. That those who think that they are supposed to control us, know more than we do.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

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Or Is It The Beginning?

Who are you?  Everyone is different from birth.  Lots of things that happen to us can change our perception of ourself.  People around us expect us to be like them and as a child, we often don’t know any better.  We all have different kinds of potential and that potential helps define our purpose in life.  We often are so busy responding to the demands put on us by the outside, we have little time or opportunity to discover who we really are inside.  Often we are caught up in doing what we think we should be doing but not really what reflects our purpose in life and uses our unique talents and abilities.  Sometimes this is reflected an adolescent rebellion or in a midlife crisis and others don’t discover this until they are facing retirement.

Judge Not That Ye May Not Be Judged, Condemn Not That Ye Not Be Condemned (From The Bible)

rp_366761818_150_150.jpgThe Bible warns against condemning others, but it also tells you not to condemn yourself.  We create so many problems when we start having so many expectations for ourselves, things that we have to live up too.  Do we bully ourselves?  Do we criticize ourselves before somebody else, including God, does it to us?  Then when we err we don’t give ourselves any slack. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.  We judge ourselves before somebody else can judge us.  Of what use is self-condemnation and judgments from others?

rp_300px-Emotions.GIFSometimes our conscience is too well-developed.  We do this to avoid judgments from others.  Maybe we stop and look in the mirror before we go out so that no one can surprise us with an unfavorable remark.  Compliments are often few and far between even those they may be deserved.  Sometimes when someone says nothing it is as close to a compliment as we can get.

Warm Fuzzies-Cold PrickliesWe need warm fuzzies, not cold pricklies.  I guess the latter at least reassure us we have been noticed.  Have you ever felt that you might be invisible when everybody in the room at a party are busy talking to each other and they don’t seem to notice that you are there?

Have You Let The Past Get You Down

rp_367070359_150_150.jpgThis is probably not a post for psychopaths to read as they already don’t do this and that is why they don’t change.  Guilt, Shame, and depression are what can weigh you down.  Especially if you can’t let go of them.

We all seek love, attention, support, and affection.  It can build our ego, increase our self-esteem, and help us feel good.  But there is a danger when we direct our attention outside ourselves so strongly that any slight, failure, or loss can sink our boats.

I have started to not only declutter my house, but also my mind.  Negative feelings like those above can become permanently attached in the unconscious to things that you have done, things that have happened to you, and things you have learned.

I came to this conclusion when I realized that I still felt guilt about things that turned out wrong even though I may not have even planned for them to happen.  The negative consequences of these actions were so life-shattering that I thought I could never live them down and my future was black because of them.

Recently I have realized that I was taking more responsibility for what happened than I should have as I didn’t know what the consequences could be at the time or even that I was that responsible!

Have you ever said, “I can’t forgive myself for….”  It also makes it possible for others who might be somewhat responsible for what happened too to shift the blame entirely on to you.

I am in the process of unhooking myself from these sort of things and of letting me focus on the future using what I have learned from my mistakes to help myself and others.

P.S.:  I have been strongly involved in politics lately and what upsets me is that political candidates and parties are more directed towards what  they think people want to hear than towards what they really have to say, really want to do, and how they would actually accomplish it.  Worst of all, they don’t take responsibility for things that they have done that hurt others and that make them poor candidates for political office.

Be Careful Around Those With A History Of Sexual Abuse

(Here is the place to put a graphic picture of sexual abuse; but that might be considered child pornography.)

I am talking about the abuser, not the victim.  The chances are extremely high they will offend again and probably had committed other offenses before they got caught.  Also offenses tend to escalate over time as it takes more and more of a thrill to “get off”.  Some people protect and support offenders because they think they deserve a chance and they would like to believe that the offenders have reformed.

It takes extreme vigilance to protect potential victims from these offenders.  You and any other responsible adult who know about the offender should attempt to shadow the offender and keep them from being alone with potential victims.  To do this, you have to think like an offender.

The sexual abuse often reflects the offenders’ full time commitment to getting access to potential victims and to collect information that would help them do this.  A sexual offender never says to a responsible caretaker I will watch your child for you while you go to the grocery store and while you are there, I will get your child to undress and play a “fun” game with me from which I will get sexual  pleasure.

Should you believe me? Yes!  I have conducted interviews with many victims of sexual abuse, often by play therapy and by using drawings,  One thing I have been careful not to do is implant an idea in a child’s mind where one didn’t exist and to try not to commit further trauma.  The child may be frightened and somehow feel guilty.  These are ways that the abuser knows to keep the victim from talking about the abuse with anyone.

When abuse occurs, children do many things in an attempt to help them handle it.  They may learn not to trust their feelings and/or intuition.  They might put a lot of it out of their mind as it is too hot to handle.  But the unconscious usually retains the memories of sexual abuse somewhere and also the feelings associated with it.  It is like a splinter.  It may hurt a little if you leave it alone but it might hurt a lot when you take it out.  Then the pain can go away.

Possible consequences of sexual abuse are confusion about sexual identity, decreased or even absent libido, and a sense of inferiority that never goes away.  Don’t wait for someone else to do something about it!  The sexual abuser counts on this.

 

Who Are You?

How do you define yourself?  By what others tell you?  By what you think you should be? By what you really are?

Most of us grow up learning to define ourselves by the first two ways given?  Thus we may never learn who we really are!  Often we reach middle age or our golden years, not knowing who we are!  Then we feel we have lost valuable time actually we could have been being ourselves in our lifetimes.

rp_366761818_150_150.jpgWho are you?  In our society, we are subject to many outside influences trying to control who we are.  We are unique human beings (one of a kind) who are shaped by varying outside influences and by inborn internal constraints.

Even identical twins are not entirely identical.  In their bodies in some ways, they are mirror, rather than identical, images of each other and, of course, inevitably they are not treated exactly alike by other people and have experiences that are not exactly alike.

Yes, we inherit certain abilities and disabilities from our ancestors; but not always in the way that our family is happy with.  Because that is so, many parents and grandparents are unhappy with their children and grandchildren who are unable to follow in their footsteps.

Even if we find idols other than our parents or grandparents to follow after, we might still not be qualified to do so.  My parents were not college graduates so when I went to college something that my parents had not had the opportunity to do), I chose to become a psychologist, something that no one in my family had ever done.

rp_374391220_666c62562e_m.jpgI ignored some of my creative artistic and musical inclinations to become a knowledgeable scientist who would successfully do research to prove certain principles in the science of psychology.  I felt had to do this to become what I was interested in being a practicing therapist and intuitive diagnostician and this was a preliminary step!

Actually, I was really interested in helping ordinary people before their problems became serious which is something I am doing now by writing this blog.  I have also discovered that instinctively I have a good singing and speaking voice and artistic sense.  That led me to rethink my past interests in projective drawings and hypnosis and other forms of altered states as an aid in therapy.  I had briefly become involved in these things and then rejected them because they did not represent mainline scientific psychology and because I thought I was not talented enough in these areas.

Now Is The Time That....

Now Is The Time That….

So who are YOU really?

 

Who Is the Winner in the Marital Dance of Anger, The Sexual Side?

rp_228552603_150_150.jpgI have been investigating problems with getting positive responses in marriage.  I have read that being angry can often make you lose in a marital argument.  That is if you are female.  If you are male, it often is a different story.  When a female is angry with a male, she can be seen as irrational, illogical and overly emotional.  Women often are afraid their security is in jeopardy and if their mate disagrees with them, they are afraid their security is at stake.

Women in our society have been encouraged to meet a man’s needs so that the men will depend on them and thus the women will feel more secure in the relationship.  This can lead to a woman feeling she is unable to meet her own needs if they don’t coincide with her husband’s needs.   Even worse, a woman may not know what her own needs are; because she has put them on the back burner so often.

rp_360159124_150_150.jpgWomen also, if there are children in the family, put their childrens’ needs before their own for the children’s sake.  At birth, children can only survive if their basic needs are met:  food, shelter, temperature, safety from harm, and also (in the case of human offspring) affection.  Many, many years ago, a mother spent ten days in the hospital recovering from giving birth.  The child was kept mostly in the nursery.  Now it is in one day and out the next.  Caring family and friends can alleviate this problem by helping out for the first week or two.

Women often learn that it is important to meet her husband’s and children’s needs first so much so that she becomes emotionally bankrupt.   Also, how many women have it pounded in their heads that they must meet their husband’s sexual needs or else he will go elsewhere to get them met.  This threatens her sense of security big time.  Also, for women’s sexual needs to get met, she has to know what she wants to accomplish in a sexual relationship and how to get it done.

rp_272680378_bd063659bc_m.jpgMen often have a lot of practice learning how to be satisfied sexually and very little experience focusing on what really arouses a woman and brings her to climax. Too much faking goes on especially on the woman’s side.  If too much time is spent meeting the male’s needs, then a woman may give up trying to get her needs met and falsely tell her male partner that she has come to orgasm after he has come to orgasm first because she is tired, possibly even bored, and no longer interested in sex and having an orgasm; because men often know what needs to happen for them to ejaculate and do their duty.

Sexual arousal for a woman can be a different ball of wax and possibly neither she nor he knows what makes a woman “tick” when it comes to sex.  Unfortunately, men often think that they know it all when it comes to sex and they only have one-half of the picture and women often don’t disabuse men of their ideas about sex for women as being similar to theirs.