Tech companies are reporting a boom in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — a record 45 million illegal images were flagged last year  alone — exposing a system at a breaking point and unable to keep up with the perpetrators, an investigation by The New York Times found.Continue reading
Working with Trauma, Violation and Dissociation
A large number of difficult patients who self-harm and hear voices, but who are not schizophrenic, are sometimes diagnosed as having a borderline personality disorder, but may often be better understood as suffering from trauma-based dissociative disorder, the most extreme form of which is Multiple Personality/Dissociative Identity Disorder. This is a book of clinical, theoretical and historical importance. Drawing on exciting recent developments in work on trauma and dissociation, Phil Mollon provides a clinically based conceptual model and account of the therapeutic process with patients whose personalities are structured around trauma and pretence. The complexities and hazards of the process are fully considered, as are the problems of Recovered Memory and Pseudomemory. The author illustrates the concepts and process by a detailed account of therapy with MPD/DID, and the specific problem of the perverse sexual abuse of children is dealt with in a chapter on the nature of deep perversion and evil. Trauma and dissociation present challenges to both psychoanalysis and mainstream psychiatry and clinical psychology. Therapists, counsellors and nurses who work within the cognitive or analytic approaches to assessment and treatment will welcome this thoughtful and useful book. ISBN: 9780471963301
During our 2019 symposium, Arianne Struik, developmental psychologist / systems therapist and EMDR supervisor at the Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC), provided a lecture on dissociative disorders in children under 14 years of age. You can watch this lecture in Dutch here, fragments have been cut from the presentation for privacy.
On her website you can find specialized training for traumatized children in English as well as some free of charge materials.
We offer, with some reservations, a list of symptoms that could indicate experiences of ritualized abuse. This list combines the experiences from Dutch child and adolescent psychiatry and trauma care in the US.
The caveat is that we do not offer this as a checklist for a conversation with a minor – in fact, we strongly advise against that. However, the list can be used after such a conversation to form an even clearer picture, if possible, of what the conversation delivered. Please note that the list contains quite explicit symptoms, which may act as triggers. If you as a reader are concerned about this, we recommend that you do not review this list.
Lisa is 15 years old when she reports sexual abuse to the police. Because the details are increasingly gruesome and hard to believe, the Public Prosecution Service decides to stop the investigation. The Dutch NPO Radio 1 program Argos studied the files of this case. Listen to the Argos episode of December 8, 2018, and read the response of the Public Prosecution Service to the broadcast. Note that Lisa’s story contains shocking details and explicit descriptions of sexual acts and violence. Lisa is not her real name.
For several months, RTL news went undercover on the dark web, a closed area on the internet where, among other things, child pornography is shared. Their investigation demonstrates that various images of sexual abuse of Dutch children are shared. Certain members in this network also share hurtcore, child pornography focused on pain and humiliation, which is becoming increasingly popular according to the police. Source: RTL Nieuws / BNNVARA
Undercover on the dark web: abuse images of hundreds of Dutch children in online networks
This is how RTL News went undercover in the underground child pornography networks
Broadcast by BNNVARA on May 13, 2019, in which tech journalist Daniel Verlaan provides explanations
Sadistic / Satanic Ritual Abuse, or rather, Transgenerational Organized Violence and Dissociative Identity Disorder are controversial concepts, but it appears from the increasing demand for help that they describe a reality. There are at least 5 obstacles that hinder an open discussion about this. It is important not to give up when facing these obstacles, but to listen and to look for adequate forms of help. This article provides arguments why interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary. It also explains why the church can and should play a role in this. This article also argues for more insight into and support for the care provision.Continue reading
There are several specialized organizations that provide support to survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Below you will find more information about and links to the websites of each of these organizations.Continue reading