What's Happening in Our Family?: Understanding Sexual Abuse Through Metaphors
In her book What's Happening in Our Family? Understanding Sexual Abuse Through Metaphors, author Connie Ostis, helps adults - parents, educators, counselors - understand how abuse occurs by using stories that expose the manipulative relationships established and maintained by abusers. The metaphors explain how sexual abuse begins in hidden ways and deepens in secrecy; clarify what harm is caused and how long it lasts; suggest how to cope with the "whirlpool" of emotions; help adults provide the support children need; and explain guidelines for keeping children safe. Using the non-threatening language of these stoires, adults can help children recognize when they are being manipulated and understand why they are not responsible for their abuse.
Safer Society Press
Incest, Family psychotherapy, Counseling, Metaphor
Counseling Psychology | Social Work
Ostis, Constance M., "What's Happening in Our Family?: Understanding Sexual Abuse Through Metaphors" (2002). Faculty and Staff Books. 94.