Barriers Abusers Overcome In Order To Abuse

Description

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often feel inappropriately responsible for their abuse. In 1984 the sociologist David Finkelhor published a model explaining the stages an abuser must go through in order to abuse. He identified four stages:

  1. Sexual motivation (wanting to abuse)
  2. Overcoming internal inhibitions against acting on that motivation
  3. Overcoming external impediments to committing sexual abuse
  4. Undermining or overcoming the child's natural resistance to the sexual abuse

Barriers Abusers Overcome In Order To Abuse is an information sheet and checklist detailing the stages abusers go through. It can be useful as a source of information, or for starting discussions on this topic with clients.




Barriers Abusers Overcome In Order To Abuse

Key reading

  • Finkelhor, D. (1984). Child sexual abuse. New York.
  • Finkelhor, D. (1984). The prevention of child sexual abuse: An overview of needs and problems. Siecus Report, 13(1), 1-5.