Thank you very much for this article. As a child I suffered extreme physical, sexual and emotion abuse at the hands of my parents. The same as my brothers and sisters. Three committed suicide and one drunk himself to death. I am now almost 65 and am still learning to deal with the affects of prolonged PTSD.
I have a much better understanding of my own behaviour pattern, memory loss and difficulty being in a relationship. Having had two failed marriages behind me and the inability to settle anywhere. I would love to find happiness, but don’t know how.
On the positive side I have three wonderful children and four grandchildren. Unfortunately their father also mistreated them as children, hence the pattern repeated itself. They seem to have let it go, although they have relationship problems as well, which is a great pity. It is sad to see that without intending to, I stuck with the type of person that my parents were.
The depression and sadness remain with me, I have learned to live with it and work at living as normal a life as possible. I still work full time, as I find it the best form of escapism that I know.
Once again thank you for the valuable information.
Similarly, there are increased risks of abuse with a stepparent in the family, and when family breakdown results in institutional or foster care. Poor parentchild attachment is associated with increased risk of child sexual abuse, though it is not always easy to separate the impact of abuse on intimate family relationships from the influence of poor attachments on vulnerability to abuse (Fergusson et al. 1996; Fleming et al. 1997).
In the late 1940s, American Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete , a religious order that treats Roman Catholic priests who struggle with personal difficulties such as substance abuse and sexual misconduct. In a series of letters and reports to high-ranking Catholic leaders starting in the 1950s, Fitzgerald warned of substantial problems with pedophile priests. He wrote, for example, "[sexual abuse] offenders were unlikely to change and should not be returned to ministry." He discussed the problem with Pope Paul VI (1963 – 1978) and "in correspondence with several bishops".