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Behind the Façade: Exposing Female Sex Offenders and Helping Abuse Victims to Heal

A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse
CAPER Consulting - Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery - Julie Brand
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Programs (for audiences of 50 to 250 people)
  1. “The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse”
    90-minute workshop

    Our culture denies that mothers can be sexual abuse perpetrators. Mother-daughter sexual abuse is especially under-recognized, under-researched and under-reported. This dynamic workshop describes the complex mother-daughter incestuous relationship: the subtle violations of normal mother-child boundaries, covert and overt abuse and the psychological manipulations used to silence victims. Attendees will learn intervention and prevention strategies for including mothers as potential perpetrators. Six therapeutic issues for victim recovery will be discussed. The presenter is both an experienced school counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal abuse.


  2. “The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse”
    3-hour workshop

    Additional content: three types of female offenders will be addressed: female offenders in “positions of trust,” mothers who co-offend along with male partners and pre-disposed offenders who act alone. Recent cases of the arrests and successful prosecutions of mothers who abused their children will be shared. The program concludes with a discussion of the common dynamics and also some of the differences between mother-daughter and mother-son incest.

  3. “A Close-up Look at Female Sex Offenders in Positions of Trust”
    90-minute workshop

    We have been slow to acknowledge that some women, working in “positions of trust,” sexually abuse children. This workshop examines recent cases of female teachers found guilty of child sexual abuse. It explores the dynamics of their teacher-student “relationships” and reveals ways that the gender of the perpetrator impacts victim disclosures, the reporting of sex crimes, arrests, public response, prosecution and sentencing.
    An interview with an archetypal convicted female sex offender (conducted in Colorado, Oct. 2011), offers insights into the sexual abuse of adolescent males by adult female perpetrators. Participants will learn proactive strategies for possible prevention and earlier intervention.

  4. “What About Our Boys and Men? Understanding the Challenges Facing Males Who Have Been Sexually Victimized”
    90-minute workshop

    Society is still in denial that males can even be victims of sexual assault, especially by females. Ignorance and minimization of the problem impede victims’ opportunities for rescue and for recovery. This program identifies the unique challenges that male victims face and the myths about sexual abuse and assault that keep them silent. “The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study” and subsequent research validate both the frequency and the resulting trauma of male sexual victimization.

  5. “Resiliency 101: From Victim to Survivor”
    A 90-minute workshop or as a 60-75 minute keynote/plenary
    Some victims of childhood abuse perpetuate the cycle of violence. Some victims self destruct. Yet others become safe, nurturing, emotionally healthy adults. How can we influence which path they will choose? This dynamic program identifies seven key steps that can help victims to overcome trauma and to develop a “survivor’s perspective.” Attendees will learn how to use the “language of resiliency” to identify and to reinforce victims' strengths thereby positively impacting both their self-perceptions and their life scripts. Participants will learn how to foster resiliency in their clients’ lives and also in their own. The presenter is both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal sexual abuse.

    Full-day trainings—composed of selected combinations of workshops to best meet the participants’ needs—are an increasingly popular choice.

    Each program includes audience handouts with references and resources.

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