The Trauma Myth
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The headline, press release, book title message trumpeted here is: Most children who experience sexual contact with adults are not traumatized at the time of the experience. Breaking news? Non-traumatic child–adult sexuality has been previously reported by International Academy of Sex Research members Gagnon (1965), Sandfort (1984), Okami (1991), and Rind (Rind, Tromovitch, & Bauserman, 1998). Here, however, Clancy presents it in italicized, bold, upper case 26 font.
Nevertheless, Clancy repeatedly reminds us how evil this non-traumatic (at the time) experience actually is. This moral mantra is identified as the catalyst of later trauma: “It is the act of sexual abuse and not the damage it causes that makes it wrong” (p. 185), “the act is inherently vile” (p. 186), “why sexual abuse damages victims probably has little to do with the actual abuse and a lot to do with what happens in its aftermath” (p. 113), and “Sexual abuse is very wrong, regardless of how it affects victims” (p. 185),...