CSA interventionists acquire information about social-sexual deviance via multiple sources. Such as personal experience, pre-case assignment training, interviewing or physically examining a child, interviewing or providing treatment to the abuser, viewing images depicting child sexual abuse, transcribing CSA case reports, and others. Any one of these exposures constitutes an extreme stressor. Examining exposure to social-sexual deviance from a sequential perspective reveals the following. More than one-third report their first exposure occurred during childhood. Of those entering adulthood unscathed, a considerable proportion (42.7%) report their long-term adult relationship histories include an impaired partner, such as alcohol or drug dependence, verbally abusive partner, physically abusive partner, sexually abusive partner, or multiple impairments. CSAH interventionists report significantly more exposure to abusive adult partners (57%) than NCSAH professionals report (32%). Ultimately, a small proportion of interventionists report their first exposure to social-sexual deviance took place via pre-case assignment training. The interventionist’s nuclear family health forms the basalt upon which lifetime exposures to social-sexual deviance sequentially deposit residue.
Deviance, like cancer is an uncontrolled division of cells. Both are observed within single cells, larger cellular groupings and can ultimately bring death to the host body. Violence is the unifying thread to social and/or sexual deviance. Exposure to violence can cause a firestorm that consumes one’s psychological, emotional and physical health and leaves an indelible footprint. There is increasing research that demonstrates childhood exposure to deviance increases lifetime risk to develop cancer. Learn More
- Acknowledge one’s lifetime experiences include exposure to social-sexual deviance.
- Identify the sequential exposures and accept sexual deviance motivated the sexual maltreatment and social deviance made possible the abuse process.
- Define the abuse process elements that cause injury.
- Acknowledge the strategies, one used to survive the abuse process psychologically.
- Acknowledge the ways one misinterpreted the traumatic injury process and the subsequent mistaken ideas one formed about oneself, others, and human sexuality.
- Acknowledge and confront the thinking errors one uses to discourage intimate relationships.
- Define one’s psychological and social assumed disabilities that form obstacles to cultivating and sustaining intimate relationships.
- Define self-independent of the social-sexual deviance exposures and the subsequent trauma residue.
- Cultivate a support system to maintain the healthy coping responses one develops to manage traumatic injuries and disruptions to healthy adjustment.
Confronting the exposure to deviance is the common element of each health restoring step. Confrontation disrupts the social-sexual isolation the deviant imposed and ultimately translates to neutralizing the toxin.