Talking to Kids About Sexual Abuse

High-profile cases of sexual abuse of children at respected places—the Horace Mann School, Joe Paterno’s locker room at Penn State, the offices of revered pediatrician Melvin Levine, the cloisters of the Catholic Church—serve to illustrate that abuse is very hard to anticipate. “We delude ourselves in to thinking that certain situations are without danger,” says…

Garrett, “Normal” Again

Garrett’s* life was ruled by fear. It hadn’t always been that way, but then Garrett’s parents got divorced when he was 4. A few months later, he was sexually abused by a caregiver. Things spiraled downward for several years after that. When Garrett first came in for treatment, he was about to enter middle school. His…