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THERAPEUTIC USE OF FAIRY TALES IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Abstract

Author(s): Nesrin DUMAN

Breaking the silence of sexual abuse is a powerful recovery tool for child victims. Sexual abuse is hidden by nature and is not spoken. When children are sexually abused, they are commonly in the pre-verbal period or they have not enough vocabulary to express and make sense their experiences. In addition, children are often told to keep this event as a secret. For all these reasons, it is difficult for children to respond to familiar verbal methods during the evaluation and treatment of abuse. In addition, children perceive these methods as threatening. Creative arts (non-verbal arts, metaphorical verbal studies, etc.) are the recommended therapeutic tools in this regard. Tales that can be used as a mediator between the therapist and the client are an important source of help. Information that is very difficult to reveal in a therapeutic setting can be given through tales. Implicit sexuality themes in classical fairy tales constitute a logical basis for the use of fairy tales in sexually abused children. In this study, the function of fairy tales in psychotherapy and the use of tales in therapeutic studies with sexually abused children will be investigated.

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