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We Must Decriminalize Trauma for Girls with Histories of Abuse or Neglect [JJIE]

Thursday, May 26, 2016  
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Desi-Smith

 

Girls are disproportionately exposed to sexual trauma and sexual assault, usually at the hands of a caregiver or someone they know well. This type of experience can fundamentally change girls’ ideas about relationships, their bodies and the world. For some who have experienced this type of abuse, oppositionality, aggression, self-harm and substance abuse are actually adaptive ways to protect oneself and deal with relationships, authority and the body. However, these coping mechanisms may often get them into trouble.

 

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