Silentinjuries™ Questionnaire

Silentinjuries™ Questionnaire
Silentinjuries™ Evolution
“Have you ever studied the effects of prosecuting these cases?” asked a male prosecuting attorney after listening to the lecture ‘Offender Dynamics and the Process of Victimization.1 Elaborating, he explained it was helpful to understand child sexual abuse from the offender and victim perspectives professionally. However, he explained, “the seminar failed to address a critical concern.” He clarified that his exposure to child sexual abuse cases was causing disruptions to personal adjustment. He questioned whether his experiences were normal or abnormal. The attorney was not the last seminar attendee to ask this question. In 1999, Arizona’s 1st Statewide Sexual Assault Conference planners posed the question and a request. The committee requested a keynote address to compare Countertransference,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Burnout, 8, 9, 10, 11 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 12, 13, 14 Vicarious Traumatization, 15, 16, 17, 18 and Compassion Fatigue.19, 20 Since fulfilling the request,21 the observations emerging from the ongoing Silentinjuries™ investigation have appeared in professional newsletters,22 a Civic Research Institute three-part series,23, 24, 25 and multiple states, regional, national, and international conferences. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41  Read  CRI Article
Social-Sexual Deviance Exposure is the Trauma
As a diverse professional grouping, child maltreatment interventionists unite to identify, confront, change and/or control a dark side of humanity.42  This dark side is social-sexual deviance as it manifests within a person who maltreats children sexually. 43, 44, 45, 46, 47  A compelling body of literature exists demonstrating childhood exposure to social-sexual deviance is a trauma that predictably disrupts healthy childhood development.48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58  and it can contribute to life-shortening diseases of adulthood.59 Deductive reasoning leads one to suspect exposing well-adjusted adults to a parallel trauma (e.g., social-sexual deviance and their casualties) can yield comparable disruptions to healthy adjustment and professional competence. Furthermore, like traumatic injuries to children, it is reasonable to suspect multiple factors can aggravate or mitigate the core challenges a professional experience after social-sexual deviance exposure.

What is the Disruption?
“It depends on…” best summarizes the disruption continuum.8, 60, 61   The language used to describe professionals, whose healthy core is entombed by sequential trauma deposits includes intrusive thoughts, avoidant strategies and behaviors, negative cognitions and mood, and arousal.3, 7, 17, 19, 21, 41, 42, 61  
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