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Vicarious Trauma avoidance

  A barrier to being open with others about

disclosures of sexual abuse

or news of an alleged offender being arested

    is vicarious trauma avoidance.


fear of how others may respond

and/ or fear that discussing the news  ( as in marative therapy)  may trigger ones own  memories

         of traumatic events in ones own life,


My strong conviction at Auburn in the nineties was that the congregation needed independant Child Protection  Seminar leaders

  to come and help us through what I have now identified and named vicarious trauma.