I need to vent. I am in college and just about to get my Master's degree in psychology. In classes we sometimes discuss some very emotional issues, and tonight we discussed pedophilia. It is a psychology and law class so we discuss the impact of psychology on decisions within the courtroom. Tonight somebody brought up that there is research showing that children who disclose and go through the court system actually are more traumatized then those who don't. Now, I am very familiar with research methods and how to access articles, etc/, but this research finding really floored me and made me frustrated and angry. The professor was agreeing that the research does indeed find this evidence. I became upset in the classroom and was arguing with people who were saying that children are resilient and have the ability to be okay without disclosing or getting support from others. I think of my own experience and those of countless others who either didn't disclose or disclosed and weren't believed and how traumatized and pained that we are and don't understand this other mentality. I understand that the court system can be traumatizing, but I don't understand how not disclosing and dealing with it on your own is supposedly better. What do others on here think?View Thread
Hi Rose. I think you said it all when you said "The more help they get as soon as possible the better." Like I said to Misty, mu suspicion on this research is that it's the court system that re-victimizes the children, not the disclosing. I appreciate you responding to me. I felt so alone, frustrated, angry, and triggered at that point during this class. I am sorry for what you went through, but also glad that you eventually had a friend to go to. Hopefully it eased some of the burden of the past for you, but I'm so sorry it was happening again at the time. I think disclosing is easier when it's not happening in the moment. Best to you...View Thread
Hi Misty. Thank you for responding. Flashbacks are what I was trying to explain to the person talking about children's "resiliency." and ability to suppress. I was floored, as well, and very triggered. I wasn't logical enough last night to objectively search for this research, but I am still going to look into it. My suspicion is that it's not the disclosing that's traumatic, but the set up of the court system and it's tendency to re-victimize. I'm sorry for the pain you went through and are going through now. Thank you for the congratulations on pursuing my master's. I will have it in about 1 wk!!View Thread
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